Articles tagged: citizens’ rights

We have ways of making you talk, Mr Blair

June 21, 2009

It used to be difficult to shut Tony Blair up, especially on the subject of Iraq. Remember his epic war speech to Parliament, when the phrase ‘weapons of mass destruction’ was repeated more than 15 times? Now he only speaks for $400,000 a pop to neocons or lectures the Pope on theology. He might yet have to do some serious unpaid explaining, maybe even from the dock, but the question is, how, when and where? Thus provides the answers. In the past week the clueless yet relentlessly authoritarian UK government... More

It’s official! Phil Woolas is a Ghurka jerka

May 7, 2009

We have steered clear of the Ghurka Veterans campaign thus far, on the grounds that there is little to add to the clear injustice of refusing to grant permanent resident status, and indeed, full army pensions, to serving and ex-members of the Nepalese Brigade of Ghurkas. Last week, the UK government, probably the only people in the country at odds with this clear abuse of moral sentiment, was voted down by its own side when it tried to force the unjust legislation past Parliament. The leader of the campaign for... More

Manchester’s crime industry boosted by ID card decision

May 6, 2009

I won’t rub it in (again) but we predicted (Thus passim) the release of all 12 ‘terror suspects’ arrested and detained without charge for up to two weeks for the alleged ‘Good Friday Plot‘ to blow up Manchester’s Arndale Centre. Liberal politician and human rights lawyer Alex Carlile is conducting an investigation and review into the bizarre circumstances of this Keystone cops misadventure, which I predict will tell us nothing. The 11 Pakistani nationals (one is a British Asian) who have been handed over to the UK Borders and Immigration... More