21st Century Wire says…
Mandarins seem to be in a mad rush in the wake of events in Paris…
For the totalitarian technocrat, that old Rahmism rings true once again:
“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
– Rahm Emanuel (former White House chief of staff)
When you find yourself agreeing with Peter Hitchens, then you know a major shift is taking place in society. This time, it looks like a major power-grab by the state, as micro-managers seek to capitalise on the recent ‘terrorist’ attacks in Paris, in order to accumulate more power over the public speech, behaviors and ultimately the thoughts of the populace.
Hitchens states, “Once, there would have been enough wise, educated, grown-up people in both Houses of Parliament to stand up against this sort of spasm. Now most legislators go weak at the knees like simpering teenage groupies whenever anyone from the ‘Security’ or ‘Intelligence’ services demands more power and more money.”
Truer words have never been spoken.
Bravo, Mr. Hitchens for your candor in a time of crisis…
PHOTO: Peter Hitchens (Image Source: York Vision TV)
Don’t like the PC mob? Well now that makes YOU a terror threat
We are on the verge of founding Britain’s first Thought Police. Using the excuse ofterrorism – whose main victim is considered thought – Theresa May’s Home Office is making a law which attacks free expression in this country as it has never been attacked before.
We already have some dangerous laws on the books. The Civil Contingencies Act can be used to turn Britain into a dictatorship overnight, if politicians can find an excuse to activate it. But theCounter-Terrorism and Security Bill, now slipping quietly and quickly through Parliament, is in a way even worse. It tells us what opinions we should have, or should not have.
As ever, terrorism is the pretext. Yet there is no evidence to suggest that the criminal drifters, school drop-outs and drug-addled losers who do much terrorist dirty work (and whose connections with vast worldwide conspiracies are sketchy to say the least) will be even slightly affected by it.
In a consultation paper attached to the Bill, all kinds of institutions, from nursery schools (yes really, see paragraph 107) to universities, are warned that they must be on the lookout for‘extremists’.
But universities are told they have a ‘responsibility to exclude those promoting extremist views that support or are conducive to terrorism’.
Those words ‘conducive to’ are so vague that they could include almost anybody with views outside the mainstream.
(…) Two weeks’ advance notice of meetings must be given so that speakers can be checked up on, and the meeting cancelled if necessary. Warning must also be given of the topic, ‘sight of any presentations, footage to be broadcast, etc’. A ‘risk assessment’ must be made on whether the meeting should be cancelled altogether, compelled to include an opposing speaker or (even more creepy) ‘someone in the audience to monitor the event’.
(…) The Bill is terrible in many other ways. And there is no reason to believe that any of these measures would have prevented any of the terrorist murders here or abroad, or will do so in future.
They have been lifted out of the box marked ‘try this on the Home Secretary during a national panic’, by officials who long to turn our free society into a despotism…