Tom Harris MP can’t imagine why anyone would want to send him an anonymously gifted copy of 1984 (Orwell). What’s more, the blithering twirp best describes the book as “a rollicking good yarn, with a great plot and a very dramatic ending”.
Well, you’re just the f**king Times Literary Supplement, aren’t you Tom Harris??
Well, first of all, how about the arrogance of anyone referring to anyone else as anyone’s “masters”?
Secondly, there seem to be an awful lot of people out there – perhaps dozens of them – who seem to get strangely exercised at the prospect of a “police state”. Except that what they define as a “police state” is a million light years from what Orwell himself described. CCTV cameras in the street? That’s just like Nineteen Eighty-Four, when families were monitored in their own homes, 24 hours a day! Can’t use racist terms to vilify people any more? Well, surely that’s thought crime, just like Orwell predicted!
What rubbish. As I’ve written here before, this is all paranoid fantasy, and why so many people get off on it, I’ll never know. I recently had the latest in a series of requests from constituents regarding CCTV. Requests to have the cameras removed? No, no, no… Requests for more cameras.
Tom Harris.<—- —-> The Point.
Happily, he’s being utterly massacred in the comments section, and I think that he’s going to start culling things as the whole Nov 5/1984 thing unfolds. Here’s a nice fisking:
October 30, 2008 at 10:43 pm
“Well, first of all, how about the arrogance of anyone referring to anyone else as anyone’s “masters”?”
Oh God I’m spitting here, clarification notwithstanding.
In a democracy, as you proudly boast that this country still is, who is master and who is servant? It’s a no-brainer isn’t it? Call it employer if you like but it doesn’t change anything and there is nothing arrogant about reminding the Labour party (or any of the other MPs) that this is the case. You all seem to have completely forgotten.
Your blithe dismissal of this ‘gift’ is stunning in its lack of understanding of how strongly many people feel about how the minutiae of their lives are being constantly interfered with. This isn’t Jim Baxter’s cherry-picked instances we are talking about, this is wholesale destruction of everyday life.
… and a new restriction is brought out EVERY day.
Today it was:
Prospective MPs not required to give addresses anymore (yet contrast this with Section 50 of the Police Reform Act 2002 where it is an offence for a member of the public to refuse to give their name and address to the Police when asked, whether they have committed an offence, or even been suspected of one, or not – your lot brought that one in).
I could list one of these EVERY day if you like but I have a business to run and I would expect someone whose business is Government to know these things and to recognise when civil liberties are being cut out. You don’t seem to think there is anything wrong!
It’s not all about CCTV, it’s about tiny things that add to a whole that is unacceptable and should be stopped. YOUR party have encouraged this and should be ashamed of yourselves.
OK. Here’s a list of the recent ones that have staggered me and which your party should be thoroughly ashamed.
Separate queues for buying alcohol in supermarkets so buyers “will be subjected to scrutiny of fellow shoppers”. What? Why?
Smokers being banned from fostering children when there is a shortage of 2,000 foster homes. What?? Why??
History & Geography being scrapped from schools in favour of ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ and ‘Multi-Culturalism’. What? Really?
Compulsory … note, not available for veto by parents … compulsory sex education for 5 year olds. (I haven’t mentioned the finger-printing, that’s so last month isn’t it?)
Bans on fast food outlets opening within 500 metres of schools. Funny, I don’t remember voting on that particular issue in this wonderful democracy that you seem to think exists, much as I didn’t vote on the idea of a blanket smoking ban but DID vote on a partial ban and a manifesto pledge of a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
That is just the past couple of days.
Your copy of 1984 is richly deserved after reading your blog post. Read it again and take note of how your party have passed so many laws that are so very similar to those mentioned in the book.
Here’s an example – a guy accosted in Middlesbrough for taking pictures on his mobile phone, the reason for being stopped for doing something legal? Anti-Terrorism laws. His crime? Nothing. The Police officer’s reasoning as to why he may have been committing an offence? He may have been a voyeur. Is the officer examining the man’s thoughts? Is this a ‘Thought Crime’?
My local paper (today) has the story of a 15 year old on a Geography field trip being accosted by PCSOs and made to sign forms under the Terrorism Act. His details were to be stored on a database as a potential terrorist for 6 years. Fortunately he has a Dad who is educated and can get it erased. Your lot talk about social justice, can you imagine the son of a builder living on a council estate getting the same result? YOUR laws Tom.
Labour is rotten. Orwellian nightmare under Labour? Absolutely.
Either way, an awful lot of the people will soon know what and who Tom Harris is.
As one commenter put it:
Seriously mate, look around you. Look at what’s been happening. Do you really believe what you just posted? If so you’re either dangerously deranged or you are part of the problem.
So which is it, deranged or part of the problem?
H/T http://lpuk.blogspot.com – please do click through and read this article – it’s a pretty complete catalogue of the ways the government have salami-sliced our freedom since, well, forever really. Labour or Conservative – both have their authoritarian tendencies.