UPdate: Philip Johnston’s commentary is here. “Martin”, writing at The Devil, is even more apposite and eloquent than the rest of us.
One would like to think that this act is a massive “own goal” by the Stalinists (they are, I have always said so, haven’t I?) who purport to be allowed to govern us, but I doubt it sadly.
As you all know, this blog tries to keep out of politics as it is currently fought in the bear-pit of the destruction of Liberty. It’s more fun and less stressful to talk about Keeley Hazell. But now, for as long back as I can remember, I can’t think of any occasion when the governing party in parliament has sent the Police to arrest a member of the Opposition, for what is essentially a political act – always assuming that the guy has had sight of something he shouldn’t…..
…and that raises all sorts of smelly rats too: why should Damian Green (or any citizen for that matter!) NOT be allowed to know what shady stuff the gangsters in ZanuLieborg are covering up? Specially if it’s nominally to do with “terrorism” and “security”, and the sort of people who seem to have been allowed into supposedly “sensitive” jobs like in airports and the like? This is stuff about which this administration is making such a song-and-dance of being so caring and solicitous of our safety.
It almost makes you want to embrace conspiracy theories. Like quietly leeting terrorists into airside jobs so they can do the plane-sabotaging themselves…and then using that as an excuse for even heravier-handed general policing – not just “security-theatre”.
I gather that the guy has now been released: but that does not make it better. The today-comments of senior Tories do not in any way match the gravity of what has just happened, and what sort of “line in the sand” has now, in Britain of all places, been passed. (Here’s what Guido said that Sky said.)
And Guido is just now wondering who’s next. George Osborne?
It makes you wonder about the Civil Servants and public service functionaries, ostensibly doing blameless jobs for the State (even Libertarians would mostly agree on this one.) Many must be or are “close to” these shysters and evil mountebanks posing as “Ministers of the Crown”, and can or must see what’s going on – they go to meetings, take minutes, are given briefs, etc. They must, in their own humanity, wonder about what is going on? Surely?
Ort are we truly lost now? The Landed Underclass thinks we have passed a certain point too.