With apologies to Orwell, Winston Smith orAnyone else who has been arrested and put in a cell will tell you that it is a very scary experience, the feeling of helplessness is palpable, you do not often find yourself in such a position of almost complete vulnerability, that is why despots have used prison throughout the ages to control and frighten people.
One of the proud boasts of our "free western democracies" is our way of life, I'm mainly referring to America and Britain when I think of the square jawed distinguished politician talking to camera following some bombing atrocity, they come over all Churchillian (without the slurring) and say we here in Britain/America will never allow these people to force us into changing the way we live our lives - this, if you will pardon the expression is a crock of 'Bulldung' they already have.
The British House of Commons has just passed a bill which is designed to allow the state to incarcerate someone without charge for 42 days, while in America (Gitmo) They keep people in Jail for 6 years without trial and they use torture as well.
Unless I've missed something pretty big that is some change to our way of life in fact it's a victory for the bombers and it will recruit more of them.
These proposals are the kind of thing that we used to accuse others of doing and call them uncivilised and undemocratic, it would appear that it's OK for us but not for 'Johnny Foreigner' what hypocrisy.
If this bill succeeds I will be left wondering if there will ever come a time when the Govt. the two faced Tories as well will ever say " well since we are now in a peaceful and safe position we are changing detention without charge back to 3 days " Scotland's victory over Brazil in the World Cup Final would be overshadowed by that news item.