The police state

Adam Smith Institute
by Tom Clougherty

12/02/08

The arrest of Conservative immigration spokesman Damian Green MP last week — seemingly for a crime no greater than embarrassing the Home Office — shocked Westminster and has slowly grown into a much bigger story than the government would like. Voices from the every part of the political spectrum have condemned the police’s heavy-handedness and the gross violation of parliament it entailed. The newspapers and their columnists, from Trevor Kavanagh in The Sun to Jackie Ashley in The Guardian, have joined in too. I’m glad to see people finally waking up to the vandalism the current government and their servants have wrought on the relationship between the state and the individual. If the Damian Green affair changes the way we view authority, and makes voters less willing to trust the police with whatever powers our authoritarian rulers want to give them, then at least some good will have come of it...

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Whiffs of the Third World

QandO
by Dale Franks

12/02/08

This week, the horrific events in Mumbai have attracted a lot of attention. This has diverted us from other things, that deserve a bit of attention of their own. Damian Green is an MP, and is the Shadow Immigration Minister for the British conservative party. He was arrested by the Metropolitan Police — who operate under the direct authority of the Home Secretary — held for questioning for nine hours, his home and office searched, and various papers and computer files confiscated. His sole crime appears to have been to point out in public debate in the Commons that the government’s immigration policy was an ineptly managed shambles, and he revealed some dirty little secrets that Mr. Brown’s government found embarrassing...

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