Sunday, November 06, 2005

Elsewhere: Tim Worstall - Civil Liberties.

Tim's in a nice ranty mood this morning, and he's talking about one of our favourite topics...
Abolish Habeus Corpus for one charge and you’ve abolished it for all. As Mr S&M pointed out some months back, yes, there is a group of violent and desperate men who wish to steal your freedoms and liberty. They’re called the Government.
Couldn't agree more.

They dismiss the 'slippery slope' argument as ridiculous, trot out the 'if you've got nothing to hide' lines and hope we'll bend over and not notice. NuLab is convinced the only way to 'protect' us is to control us. Give them powers to fight the nasty terrorists, they'll use them to detain anyone it takes their fancy, without charge.

Unusually for him, he misses the economics and markets angle on the crimes he talks about, so I'll do it for him. There's a much easier way of dealing with “vicious” drug and gun gangs. Acknowledge that the product that they're selling and fighting for turf over is something in demand, and allow it to be sold through legitimate, licences sources. Take the criminals out of the supply chain.

But that wouldn't please the tabloid headline writers, it'd merely make sense.

5 comments:

Tim Worstall said...

Scroll down a few posts and you’ll see that I say precisely that.

MatGB said...

Oh, undoubtedly. It's just hard to keep up with all your posts, can't read everything and write stuff as well ;-)

I'm currently looking for last weeks round up, on the grounds I want to read it before you post this weeks...

SimH said...

Well, here's something I am very interested in: Civil Liberties! As for NuLab's controlling tendency, surely Tony should be getting a black shiny handbag for Xmas?
Of course, when (if) the terrorist threat subsides (how long has George left in power?), the control channels will be used in other areas, like organized crime, jay walking or under-age drinking and smoking...Or maybe your car tax is out of date? Maybe you live in a caravan? Did I register to vote?

MatGB said...

Oh, Tony doesn't deserve a handbag. He's much worse than her, at least she was honest.

ken said...

I have just read that the Licensing Act 2003 gives the police the power to enter and search any premises at any time, without the need for a search warrant!

So it would seem that this is yet one more nail in the coffin of our civil liberties, as the power of the state is increased and the rights of the citizens are ignored.