Our Holy Emperors

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.


10 Responses to “Our Holy Emperors”

  1. ralfast Says:

    What about this?

    Ex-spy chief Dame Stella Rimington says ministers have turned UK into police state


  2. Mike Says:

    Craig Murray has a letter up on his blog where he has offered to appear as a witness at the Joint Commission on Human Rights.

    How Hard for the Truth to be Heard

  3. libhomo Says:

    Jacqui Smith is starting to remind me of Bloody Mary, right down to the religious persecution.

  4. Mike Says:

    A total liberty comment: An appeal by Craig Murray. Well, by me for Craig Murray if your being picky.

    Your Help Needed – Reveal Torture to Stop It

    On Tuesday 10 March the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights will discuss whether or not to hear my evidence on the UK government’s policy of using intelligence from torture. They discussed whether to hear my evidence on 3 March but failed to reach a conclusion.

    The government is lobbying hard for my exclusion. I need everybody to send an email to jchr@parliament.uk to urge that I should be allowed to give evidence. Just a one-liner would be fine. If you are able to add some comment on the import of my evidence, or indicate that you have heard me speak or read my work, that may help. Please copy your email to craigjmurray@tiscali.co.uk.

    Please also pass on this plea to anyone you can and urge them to act. Help from other bloggers in posting this appeal would be much appreciated.

    You can read the whole post on Craig Murray’s blog. (Or possibly on Rick’s if he’s feeling generous.)

    Your Help Needed – Reveal Torture to Stop it.

  5. RickB Says:

    GLH- It is continually shocking the depths of authoritarianism that lay hidden in New Labour.

    Rafael- How bad is it when the former head of the secret police cries-Police State!

    Mike- Thanks have caught up with it now.

  6. ralfast Says:

    I don’t know, I’m still reading over those recently released memos from the U.S.DOJ. But since my powers of prediction have proven to exceptionally accurate (as in stating the obvious always yields the obvious results) I would say…..worse.

  7. RickB Says:

    Those memos btw are apparently just the tip of the iceberg, we may yet discover all kinds of shit went on.

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