Friday, June 13, 2008

The media don't want to talk about it

I can understand why David Davis resigned and I applaud him for making a stand on an issue which, in my view, any decent Englishman should be concerned about - the erosion of our traditional liberties on the pretext of making us safer.

Davis has made his stand on the point of 42 days detention without charge, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. The government assurances that this is an "anti-terror" law and will be subject to substantial judicial oversight and used cautiously is not worth a damn - this government has no qualms about using such powers against anyone for any reason. We've already seen how laws passed for one reason are being used for entirely different purposes.

It won't make us any safer, either. If the police have the intelligence information to have suspicions about a person or group planning a terrorist act then they have the ability and powers to make it impossible for that person or group to carry out that attack. What stops them, more often than not, is political correctness and concerns about upsetting the sensibilities of Moslem "leaders".

I personally believe Davis has made his decision simply because there is a complete lack of understanding about what this Bill means in the broader context. According to a poll, the vast majority of British people support the idea of detention for 42 days without charge and I believe they support it because there simply has not been enough discussion about its constitutional impact in the national media.

So I can understand his motivation to get a debate going. What I can't understand is why the media refuse to accept that is his point and prefer to make it an issue of "personality". I watched the BBC news last night and this morning and ALL they talked about was what this means for the Conservative Party and what it says about Davis' relationship with Cameron.

I find it infuriating that such an important issue is being turned into some sort of childish guessing game when Davis has made it very very clear what it is all about. Why won't the media listen? Why won't they engage in the debate?

It is any wonder people don't bother to vote any more when politics as portrayed by the media has become nothing more than playground posturing?

Update: David Davis spells out the reasons for his decision in The Telegraph comment section. As I said above, this is not about personality clashes or any "splits" nor is it a stunt by an over-inflated ego and "adrenalin junkie" (as the BBC described Davis earller). This is about a prolonged attack onf the fundamental rights, freedoms and liberties of the British people of which the 42 day detention law is just the tip of the iceberg.

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