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David Davis - I feel confused but relieved by his stand.

David Davis resigned from the Conservatives because the Left are taking away our civil liberties. Kelvin Mackenzie, ex-editor of the Sun wants to stand against him in the by-election because Murdoch and his giant organ are all for 42 day detention without charge, supporting the Left. The Observer newspaper is supporting the Conservatives and I don't know whether I'm coming or going. What I do know is that Davis' move looks to me like one of the most principled actions by any politician in a very long time, Left or Right.
I never thought I'd find my sympathies falling to the right, to the party who treated gay men with dangerous disdain in the 80s. Maybe these distinctions don't mean anything any more? Maybe I should drop my traditional hostility and recognise that though we were sinned against, it wasn't actually this lot.
Like many gay men, I've been left leaning all my life, but my heart pounds with fear when I think about the behaviour of this Labour government: growth of CCTV, impending ID cards, crazy and intrusive databases and phone/email monitoring in the name of countering terrorism. When the British public one by one lay down their rights for their safety, they find that all they've done is give power to councils to chip their bins and fine them for poor recycling habits. Would 42 days be any different? Can this government be trusted? I don't think I even need to explore that question.
Perhaps the only thing to do is pay attention to what Benjamin Franklin was widely misquoted as writing. I don't care who said it, and I don't care whether someone is Conservative or Labour anymore - it's a brilliant yardstick to measure our current actions against.:
"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."



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Not enough space on ADD section. Read second post first and then go to top.

Added by queryourself

18/06/2008 15:52:11

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The climate of fear that they're encouraging is being used as an excuse to control every aspect of our lives. This government is, in the words of the late great Terry Thomas (I'm not so high-brow as to quote Franklin) ".. a shower, an absolute shower". It's time for the Tories to come back. I think that they can be trusted; and let's face it, they appear a lot more human than those awful Labour people like that sour-faced Ed Balls wife (can't remember her name) and Caroline Flint (who never stops talking over people). I don't care who knows it - I'm not ashamed - I'm comming out: I like Boris, I like Cameron, and I like Hague. And I certainly like Davis for what he's doing. It's just a pity Labour are too scared to field a candidate against him

Added by queryourself

18/06/2008 15:51:10

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Well, well... Tony Ben's said that he's going to campaign for Tory candidate David Davis in the forthcoming by-election. I feel quite sorry for those on the Left whose philosophy is based on principle, because over the last decade their world has been truely turned upside down. In this New Labour world it's a Labour government that is a Republican president's best friend; a Labour government that introduced Tuition Fees; a Labour government that exaggerated the threat from Saadam to involve us in Iraq; a Labour.... (well, you get the picture) For those of the Left that know their Orwell, there must be uneasy reminders of that famous last paragraph of Animal Far. And it's a Labour government that is introducing a surveillance culture where, only yesterday, it was announced that the go-ahead has been given to insert electronic chips into our wheely-bins in order to... well I don't know what the point is but I'm sure its got something to do with the "War on Terror". The climate of fear

Added by queryourself

18/06/2008 15:48:41