You couldn’t have scripted this shit:
Question: who said the following about which administration?
"…the greatest advances in civil liberties of any post-war government…"
The answer is almost too unbelievable to be true…
They’re right, you know.
The above quote is taken from former Home Secretary and retiring Blackburn MP, Jack Straw’s endorsement of David Milliband yesterday (full text available here). It refers, incredibly, to the government of which both he and the Labour leadership contender were members.
Jack. Straw. ?! Thinks the New Labour government brought about "…the greatest advances in civil liberties of any post-war government…" !?
That’s right readers; the government which:
- Introduced, then fought the ECHR for, the indefinite retention of innocent DNA profiles
- Introduced the Identity Card and National Identity Register
- Tried and failed to increase the length of detention without charge to 90, then 42 days
- Introduced the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, to allow bureaucrats, councils and quangos to spy on people
- Empowered the police to conduct random stop and searches under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act
- Introduced authoritarian programmes such as control orders, the intercept modernisation programme and the e-borders scheme
- Created a dizzying number of large and unstable state databases from ContactPoint to the Summary Care Record system
In fact, it was none-other than Jack Straw, who tried to remove the right to trial by jury during his time in the Home Office.
Those are some advances, Jack.
By Dylan Sharpe
For further analysis of Straw’s speech and Labour’s record, check out Full Fact’s article here.
Where do these people get the sheer brass nerve to make such assertions with a straight face?
Oh well, bye Jack – don’t hurry back, you wretched old bastard. I’ll pray for you tonight while I’m advising God of the people who need an immediate dose of brain cancer.
H/T Dick Puddlecote