Is Britain on the slippery slope to dictatorship?

Posted: July 6, 2008 in Freedom, Politics
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Sorry but I´m not cutting this down.

The whole article:

An 82-year-old former bomber pilot I met in the street the other day said: “Supermen. Ha! If Hitler had come over here we would have given him a proper kick up the jackside.” As Michael White suggests, British people are fond of the myth that they won’t tolerate dictatorships, despite the fact that there were many fascist sympathisers in Britain in the 1930s.

Yes, we do live in a relatively free and secular country – just ask any young Afghani woman studying at a college here for her opinion. But there is also evidence around us that the British government is engaging in repression. And not just in Iraq or Afghanistan, but here in Britain. Perhaps those of us who have lived for a time under dictatorships can spot some of the warning signs:

  • Inconvenient elections are avoided in the name of getting on with the job.
  • Leaders of the opposition are character-assassinated by the state media.
  • Institutions like the legislature begin to lose their independence and traditional role.
  • Citizens are increasingly afraid to speak openly on certain issues.
  • Citizens are observed and monitored on cameras and the government can tap into their conversations at will.
  • Governments can snatch anyone from their homes or off the street and detain them without trial on charges of treason or terrorism.
  • Ethnic and religious minorities are persecuted and are made into scapegoats.
  • The state increasingly intervenes in family and community life in an attempt to control citizens’ behaviour.
  • The focus of discussion moves away from the issues and into a narrative of political rivalries and gossip spreads.
  • Governments use bread and circuses to shut people up and distract attention away from their increasing political impotence.
  • Public spaces for demonstrations are closed down and restricted.
  • Large and ridiculous monuments are built to impress the citizens.
  • Individuals have to carry ID with them at all times and the government holds large amounts of information on every citizen.

How does the British government rate on the dictatorship scale? How close are we to Zimbabwe under Zanu? How far away are we from, say, Norway?

I suppose we must trust the security services when they say there are dangerous Islamist extremists on the loose who want to do our society harm: we saw the proof on the July 7, 2005. But the measures the British state is taking “to protect us” are beginning to give a tangibly different feel to our society. Britain is slowly creeping up the pH scale from democracy to autocracy.

Aesthetically, at any rate, it does feel as if some of our science fiction dystopias are gradually coming true. In an estate near me, George Orwell’s CCTV cameras are actually trained on the residents’ doors and driveways. Ray Bradbury’s wall-sized TVs flicker in small living rooms. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New Labour government pushes through a bill allowing experimentation on embryos and all British citizens will have to carry an expensive ID card with biometric information on it linked in to humming computer databases in anonymous buildings.

There was something extremely familiar to me about this week’s events. The way they closed down the whole of Whitehall for George Bush’s visit reminded me of how, in Havana, they close the main highway every time Fidel Castro crosses from one side of town to the other.

There was also something unpleasant about the way many in the BBC turned the discussion away from the loss of civil liberties in Britain and instead began to present David Davis as an egotistical oddball, pulling a clever stunt simply to spite the leader of his party. Soviet TV attacked dissidents in the same way. This kind of media character assassination is even more reprehensible because once you destroy a politician’s reputation, you might as well put him down – like a racehorse with a broken leg.

And then, while Labour berates African nations for not adopting Tony Blair’s gold standard for liberal interventionism, Labour itself avoids holding the referendum on Europe it promised.

One gets the feeling that the current crop of neo-monetarist technocrats in power in Britain regard see the whole democratic processes as an irritating stunt, not just David Davis’s upcoming by-election. Certainly Labour politicians show very little respect for the electorate. Any appeal over their heads to the willful and ignorant population probably feels like insufferable interference to them.

So this is the thing. If I, as a citizen, and people like me, don’t agree with the way we are being governed, where do we go to withdraw our consent to be governed? I don’t want to simply switch to the Tories or Liberal Democrats, I want a new contract with my state as a citizen, one that respects my civil liberties.

Everyone that is a regular here know that I don´t believe that terrorists are everywhere as Mr. Bush wants us to believe and when I read articles like this I get really freaked out because people don´t seem to care about their own lives, they only seem to care about what some stupid ass celebrity has done on there free time.

You are walking into a fucking trap! Can´t you see it?

I´m I the only one who does?

I hope not, because if I´m the only one we are fucked people…..

(I would really like some comments on this, please. I just want to know that someone is reading.)

Original site.

WOG out.

War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.

1984 by George Orwell

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Comments
  1. atomcat says:

    “I´m I the only one who does?

    I hope not, because if I´m the only one we are fucked people…..”

    If you were the only one, you would be fucked, but you’re not.

    Will enough wake up in time to stop this shit? I don’t know, but I’m gonna try.

    I re-read 1984 after thirty years. Damn

    I made up this phrase which a lot of people told me not to post. I did, because people need to understand.
    “As went the Jews, so do we follow”.
    The point being that the Jews knew something was up, and they knew it wasn’t good. But they never fought back. “papers please”

    Today, many people know something is up but remain silent.
    They must be made to understand that history does in fact repeat.

    Canada is behind the UK in the rush to give up our rights, but we are trying to catch up. Sad, but true.

    The Conservatives want to give up our country through the SPP.
    The Liberals and other left leaning parties want to give up our country through the UN Agenda 21.

    The average person has no clue what is going on.
    If you watch or read the media here, everything is great.
    All you need to understand to be a good Canadian is-
    plastic bags bad, wind farms good.

    http://windfarms.wordpress.com/2008/06/20/beware-the-green-shirts-are-here/

    Enjoy the day, each one will get more interesting.

    Ron
    _________________________________

    Thanks for the comment Ron, I know we don´t have the same opinion on everything (I looked through your blog) but I still value your comment.

  2. John Feeney says:

    We keep side stepping the issue, it’s not the camera, it’s the individuals behind the green door. Yes, your picture does paint an doomed ending, but only if we don’t stand up to the attitudes that are used in pushing this technology.

    I have a little more faith in people than most, the infrastructure created in housing these “Seeing Eyes” should open doors too other uses and alternative ideas. We all keep loosing site of the fact that not (1) government project ever started or continue to operate – FAILS. This will surely run the same course, with perhaps a little more blood lost than most.

    What I fail to see, the creative imagination needed to take this technology too the next level an used to promote Human Rights and Civil Ethics. Why are not hearing from the billion dollar marketing firms on what they would do with 10 Surveillance cameras in Time Square New York City. Let the government spend their money and build it. The technology itself will surpass their capabilities in no-time. We’re talking government workers here. Post Office – DMV – TSA Agents. Governments always pay for hard material they never invest in tangible by-products like capable people.

    The issue from your prospective that needs to be watched is when the government runs its course and decides to “Out Source” the labor or privatize the system. If we are not in a position to take control for the right reasons, or if we don’t develop an alternative use, we will see the fruit you fear today.

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