Jacqui Smith is no Stalin

Josef Smith- Home Secretary

Jacqui Smith insists: ‘I’m no Stalinist’ following Damian Green arrest – Times Online

The row caused by the arrest of a Tory MP for passing Home Office leaks to the press intensified today after Jacqui Smith denied the government was resorting to “Stalinism” in order to silence dissent.

Of course not, arresting the opposition for exposing New Labour for the liars they are is perfectly acceptable and legal, in fact it probably is!

She’s right thought, it is not Stalinist. Stalin would never have to go on TV to explain himself, so at least we still have some modicum of democracy.

To be honest I am finding it hard to have sympathy for the arrested MP though, after all it was this lot of idiots that voted through these laws in the first place, and the fact that they are just as subject to them as the rest of us shouldn’t really come as a surprise to them, but oddly it does.

Are they now that far removed in their minds from the rest of us that they really don’t believe that these ridiculous and draconian laws, that they allow to pass through Parliament, are applicable to them?

This isn’t the first time this law has been used by NuLabour, it is also not the first time it has been used in an attempt to save the Government’s blushes, or punish someone for exposing a Government cock up.

Sally Murrer, a 50 year old journalist from Milton Keynes was arrested last year in a similar fashion.

A Buckinghamshire human rights abuse | The Observer

The security services planned the arrest of the journalist with painstaking care. They bugged her contacts and assembled an elite squad to take her down. On 8 May 2007, eight detectives swarmed into her home and seized her address book, mobile, laptops and bank statements. In a simultaneous raid, a second team searched her newspaper office – going through everything from filing cabinets to boxes of Cup-a-Soup by the office kettle.

Such actions could perhaps be justified if it were a suspected terrorist, but a 50 year old mother of three whose ‘crime’ was that she was going to highlight the fact that an Islamist that the Government had released early from prison, had bragged about becoming a suicide bomber.

Naturally such questions could not be allowed to be asked by ZaNu Labour, and her apprehension was ordered. I am not sure what role if any comrade Smith played in this, but oddly her case was thrown out of court on Friday.

Her lawyers apparently likened the actions of the police:

“…to the actions of the secret police in an authoritarian state.”

Which is precisely what they were.

As for the Home Secretary, she claimed not to have had any prior knowledge of the raid and arrest on the Tory MP, something that I find hard to believe. She said:

“…that officers had to be allowed to ‘follow the evidence where they need to’,”

Just as they were in the cash for honours investigation?

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2 responses to “Jacqui Smith is no Stalin

  1. Well thanks for sharing the post. I was looking for some personal views on this subject.

    To be honest I am finding it hard to have sympathy for the arrested MP though, after all it was this lot of idiots that voted through these laws in the first place, and the fact that they are just as subject to them as the rest of us shouldn’t really come as a surprise to them, but oddly it does.

    I found that particularly interesting. Over here although I agreed with a number of parts to the Patriot Act I still had reservations on the fact that laws have the nagging tendency to stay on the books and get used by the “other” guys.
    Anyway I apologize if I missed this but what’s your take on the publics sentiment on this. Especially do people believe either Labor,Liberals or Tories could use these laws.

  2. Alfie,

    I think that the general feeling is that they are all as bad as each other, I don’t think that there is much doubt that no matter who gets in at the next election, these laws will remain in place, and that they will be used just as much, if not more.

    That said most of the ire seems directed against Jackie Smith, the Home Secretary. Most people seem to believe that she ordered the police to look into it, and then OK’d the arrest as the leaks had been making her look foolish. She’s not done herself any favours though by being interviewed about it, she is a most dislikeable person, and doesn’t even bother to hide it any more.

    I too was initially in favour of these types of powers being given to the police and Government, as I naively believed the claims that they would only be used in very serious cases affecting national security. It seems clear now that ‘national security’ was their secondary purpose, the primary purpose of such legislation was to protect the Government.

    Perhaps that is why Parliament passed successive waves of this type of legislation, all three parties could see the benefit. Ironic then that the only opposition and demands for safeguards during the Parliamentary process have come from the unelected Lords.

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