It's been time for Tony to go since he lied to the House of Commons about WMDs and so on. But now will do, too. Not content with becoming the first Prime Minister ever to be questioned by police, Blair can now claim to be the first Prime Minister ever to be questioned twice by police! Do we really have to wait until he's the first Prime Minister to be sent to jail?
The timing of yesterday's 'terror' arrests seemed to be very convenient too. At midnight, the main story was Levy being arrested again but by 8 a.m. the terror raid had swept everything else to the side. I'm not exactly alleging a conspiracy but the raid was handled by a government depratment….
The House of Commons will today vote to pass into law last year's proposal that 'incitement of religious hatred' be treated in the same way as incitement of racial hatred. As I've pointed out in these pages before, the law (while clearly based on good intentions) is a step in the wrong direction. For a country with a state religion, the UK has long been immune to faith based initiatives such as those currently influencing the White House.
The problem here is that religious belief does not have any intrinsic value. Everyone should always have the right to believe what they like… but should they have the right to have those beliefs immune from criticism? Are my political ideas somehow different from religious beliefs? All because my ideas are based on reality? The reason I'm worried is that this law will make it easier for people with certain beliefs to silence critics and heretics because of the threat of prosecution. This sort of legislation always encourages self-censorship and repression of free speech. It is already illegal to incite violence for any reason. The law must act to protect citizens. But the law must also make sense and this one doesn't.
Luke Tomlinson, one of the toffs accused of being involved in an illegal attack on the House of Commons as an attempt to campaign against the hunting ban, has once more proved his absolute disregard for the rule of law. His false excuse for not attending court sums up the superior attitude of many pro-hunt protestors. Polo playing Luke, like his mate (and fellow posh sod), Otis Ferry, were keen to protest the abolition of hunting with dogs, and seem to consider hunting a luxury worth fighting for.
Luckily for them, they'll probably never have to protest at losing their jobs, homes or education. Anyone who considers hunting small dog like creatures as an important right worth fighting for, probably needs to be given more to fight for. They should be allowed to continue fox hunting, but only if they have all their horses, houses, clothes and cars taken away from them first. Maybe then they'd be in a position to see what matters more.