Announcement: New publication will detail government attacks on citizens’ freedoms
Well, Mike- where to begin. How about anti-trades union legislation? Is there anything more repressive than preventing a lawful organisation from effectively representing its members or effectively challenging oppression by employers?
Of course, there is also the current trend to controlling what we may or may not view online.
One could make a case for austerity being repressive; how can we be pro-active if we cannot even afford to live, own a computer or even send a letter?
In fact, I could make a case for all laws, criminal and civil being repressive if you are not wealthy enough to manipulate said laws and the law-makers to your advantage.
Synchronicity? Coincidence? Isn’t it strange when you become aware of several instances of the same phenomenon at once.
Today, having written about the Data Retention and Investigatory Bill, Yr Obdt Srvt sat down to watch, of all things, an old episode of the BBC’s Top Gear from July last year in which, amazingly, Jeremy Clarkson criticised his Chipping Norton neighbour (and part-time Prime Minister) David Cameron for wanting to end our freedom to look at pornography on the Internet.
Some of you may approve of Cameron’s stand; that’s not the matter at hand. Clarkson’s point was that the way Cameron proposed to regulate Internet porn was so cack-handed, he was going to make himself – and his government – look even more of a gang…
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