The munificence of our divine rulers extends to taking the time to educate us poor ignorant masses, still troubled by mistaken ideas of democracy our Westminster deities are keen to disabuse us of such errant heresies. You may war without question, you may torture without question and at last the modesty of out wondrous leaders has allowed the admission they no longer must attend to parliamentary or petty legal conventions, the lessons of the war crime, the thrill of power torture provides, have overcome the mundane needs of us little people to ask they be part of ‘society’-
The Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, appears to have declared war on the government’s own secret terror court, overruling decisions made by judges in the Special Immigration Appeals Court (SIAC) yesterday, and — in what can only be described as an act of executive fiat — unilaterally revoking their bail, kidnapping them on their way home from the London courtroom (or in raids on their homes) and imprisoning them in Belmarsh high-security prison in south east London.
David Miliband and Jacqui Smith have both refused to appear before Parliament’s human rights committee to answer questions about allegations of British collusion in the torture of British citizens and residents detained during counter-terrorism operations in Pakistan. In a move that dismayed members of the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR), a joint letter from the foreign secretary and home secretary is also said to have failed to answer any of the eight questions that the committee asked about legal provisions offering MI5 officers immunity in the UK for crimes committed overseas. The JCHR is now asking Jonathan Evans, the director-general of MI5, to appear before it to be questioned about the agency’s policy and the conduct of his officers.
Not to mention Straw’s denial of freedom of information and subsequent defence of tax exiles rights to fund our politcal parties, Mandelson’s intention to sell off Royal Mail favoured only by the minority global neoliberal elites. Only by living with it everyday is it possible for this oligarchy utilising the media it owns to persuade us we live in something not approximating a corporate dictatorship. Step back a moment and it’s alarming how our government clearly rules against our interests in almost every conceivable way.