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Well what other conclusion can you come to when a senior opposition MP is arrested, held for nine hours, and has his home and offices searched by anti-terrorism Police simply for doing his job?

What was his crime? Embarrassing the Labour Government!

Strictly speaking Mr Green was arrested on suspicion of “conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office and aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring misconduct in a public office”. Sounds pretty serious doesn’t it?

But what it boils down to is that Mr Green published the contents of documents leaked to him by one or more civil servants based in the Home Office. These civil servants have been unhappy at the way the department has been politicised by the Labour Government and by the covering up of information which he/she/they believed should be made public but which for party political reasons was suppressed.

Mr Green strenuously denies having done anything wrong saying:

“I have many times made public information that the Government wanted to keep secret – information that the public has a right to know.

“In a democracy, opposition politicians have a duty to hold the Government to account. I was elected to the House of Commons precisely to do that and I certainly intend to continue doing so.”

Last November, documents from the private office of Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, were leaked to the opposition. They showed that ministers had known for four months that thousands of illegal immigrants had been cleared to work as security guards but had not told Parliament.

Other “leaks” which caused embarrassment to the Government included a list of Labour MPs preparing to vote against the Government’s anti-terrorism legislation and information about illegal immigrants working in the Home Office and at House of Commons. Remember it a criminal offence to employ illegal immigrants and business owners have been prosecuted for not carrying out proper checks on prospective employees’ status.

In all these, and similar cases there can be little doubt that Mr Green has been acting in the public interest. That it annoyed and embarrassed the Government is not a crime. If New Labour wants to live up to their claims of “transparent and open government” then they should not have been suppressing the information anyway. In opposition the Labour Party was happy to do exactly the same to the Tories as the Tories are now doing to them. If you can’t take it you shouldn’t have dished it out Gordon.

It is now getting quite frightening. It is clear that New Labour wants to suppress any and all opposition and is using terrorism laws – probably illegally – to get their way. It isn’t just about Mr Green but think of the recent action they took to freeze cash in Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander by using anti terrorism legislation. Are we really expected to believe that terrorists are behind the problems that Icelandic Banks had? Anti terrorism laws are being used to control the movement of citizens and their money and to force through the imposition of Identity Cards which will make it much easier to keep track of people. Britain has the higest number of CCTV cameras and speed cameras in the world. It has even been suggested that these are part of the “fight against terror”. How many terrorists do you know who have been caught out in their crimes by CCTV or speed cameras? How many motorists have been fined for speeding. What are speed cameras for?

Forget terrorism – since New Labour came to power in 1997 British citizens have had their civil liberties reduced and removed for purely political reasons. Opposition will not be tolerated. About five years ago I was a councillor on a large English council where a Conservative councillor was reported to the Standards Board for “not supporting the policies of the Council”. Seriously, the Chief Executive of the Labour controlled council (well known to be a Labour supporter) reported a senior opposition councillor on the basis that because the Council had voted to impose a particular policy she was guilty of misconduct for criticising the decision! Thankfully this was too much for the Board who pointed out that it was the duty of the opposition to oppose and they had no obligation to support a policy just because they were outvoted when it was passed. But it shows you the mind set.

Can you imagine it. Gordon Brown pushes through a new “42 Day Detention” law by “whipping” his MPs. David Cameron goes to the BBC and speaks out against the law and is promptly arrested as a supporter of terrorism. You think it couldn’t happen? I’m not so sure. Mr Green should be thankful that he wasn’t detained under a “42 Day” rule!

This isn’t “the thin end of the wedge” – we are more than half-way up the wedge towards the thick end.

What we can expect now is more “Stalinesque” than democratic and is the sort of activity we normally expect to see in places like Zimbabwe. Perhaps that’s why New Labour has done nothing to stop Mugabe – they are simply learning from him how far they can go in the UK.

2 Responses to “Official: Britain is a Police State under New Labour”

  1. James Green says:

    Yes indeed. I well remember that when Labour were in opposition they publsihed one leak after another. Danny Finklestein has listed some of them in his blog:

    http://timesonline.typepad.com/comment/2008/11/to-assist-the-m.html

    You can also view Brown’s interview here:

    http://www.order-order.com/2008/11/brown-confesses-to-procuring-misconduct.html

  2. Danielle says:

    I believe that no-one including MP’s should be above the law, but it must be applied to all, not just singular cases, but then I also believe that in this case, it not a question of law, but of intimidation by an authoritarian government, out to make political capital and mischief, with an ulterior motive.

    After all Gordon Brown has proudly admitted his involvement in publishing leaked documents when he was in opposition. Anyone seen the video?

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