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Flying_MonkeyFlying_Monkey Posts: 8,708
edited May 2007 in Campaign
John Reid and his junior colleagues seem to be coming up with the most oppressive and extreme ideas they can think of in the few weeks before they leave office, the latest of which is the suggestion that we might have full stop and question laws with œ5000 fines if you refuse to give up your name and address and details of where you are going and why (and of course they can then arrest you and take your DNA and other intimate samples forcibly - that's already law). Last week he was threatening to opt out of the European Convention on Human Rights... oh, and then the Labour Party also instructed its MPs to vote for an utterly hypocritical backbench (Conservative) bill exempting MPs from the Freedom of Information Act. Even Labour peers think this was pretty stupid...

What do they think they are doing? Trying to leave Brown looking 'soft' when he doesn't got through with these ideas? Is John Reid genuinely the most authoritarian Home Secretary we've had for a long time? Does he really believe we should give into the threat of terrorism by doing exactly what terrorists want and ceasing to be a democratic and accountable country? Is he just stupid?



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  • MelvilMelvil Posts: 2,219
    I do agree that the proposed exemption from FOIA (FOISA up here in Scotland, I have some experience of working with it) is incredibly hypocritical.

    I don't know a huge amount about John Reid but personally I think he's an a-hole for opposing the smoking ban when his country was already banning it completely.

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  • John Reid is a former communist. Such people tend to be authoritarians by nature.
  • CanriderCanrider Posts: 2,253
    Only three posts for Patrick to trot (sic!) out his usual tired line. [V]

    You'd (meaning Reid) have to be fairly deluded to think that not going through with these measures would make Brown look soft. More likely it'd give him a ratings boost if he were to come out saying just how stupid and knee-jerk reactionary they really are.

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  • cuddy duckcuddy duck Posts: 3,211
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Patrick Stevens</i>

    John Reid is a former communist. Such people tend to be authoritarians by nature.
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    Just once, try not to be a smarmy co<i></i>ckhead purveyor of lazy, formulaic, entirely unilluminating stereotyping.
    Biscuit?[;)]

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  • <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by cuddy duck</i>

    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Patrick Stevens</i>

    John Reid is a former communist. Such people tend to be authoritarians by nature.
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    Just once, try not to be a smarmy co<i></i>ckhead purveyor of lazy, formulaic, entirely unilluminating stereotyping.
    Biscuit?[;)]

    <font size="1"><font color="teal">There are 9 million bicycles in Beijing. But no cyclists: that's one thing we can be sure of....</font id="teal"></font id="size1">
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    Just once, try to post without using abuse or personal insults. Look at how the respected members of this forum discuss issues rationally and without personal abuse. I'm sure some of them would help you if you sought their advice.
  • Flying_MonkeyFlying_Monkey Posts: 8,708
    On the other hand, Patrick, it was the kind of comment I'd have expected simoncp to come up with, rather than you...

    Can we get back on topic now?

    Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety

    Now I guess I'll have to tell 'em
    That I got no cerebellum
  • <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Flying_Monkey</i>

    On the other hand, Patrick, it was the kind of comment I'd have expected simoncp to come up with, rather than you...

    Can we get back on topic now?

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    Well, actually it was serious comment. Have a look at the political compass website where it assesses political views. The differentials are left-right on economic issues and libertarian-authoritarian on freedom issues. To a certain extent, people's politics are determined by their personalities. Authoritarians tend to remain authoritarians even if their views change.

    People have been attracted to communism because of the centralism and the dogmas of the old Soviet led version of it. There's a fascinating book by an ex British communist, Douglas Hyde called, "I believed." Fed up with centralism and dogma, he renounced communism and immediately became a devout Roman Catholic.
  • cuddy duckcuddy duck Posts: 3,211
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">I'm sure some of them would help you if you sought their advice.
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    Great idea. Please will someone help me become a smarmy co<i></i>ckhead purveyor of lazy, formulaic wholly unilluminating stereotyping?
    I can pay in biscuits.[;)]

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  • Flying_MonkeyFlying_Monkey Posts: 8,708
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Patrick Stevens</i>
    To a certain extent, people's politics are determined by their personalities. Authoritarians tend to remain authoritarians even if their views change.
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    Yes, that's true. But that's rather different that what you said initially which was that this could all be explained by the fact that he'd once been a communist...

    My OP was asking why now, though? If these ideas were so great why didn't Reid introduce them before? It's not as if the example of Northern Ireland is new, and in fact NI is slowly going in the opposite direction...

    Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety

    Now I guess I'll have to tell 'em
    That I got no cerebellum
  • <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Flying_Monkey</i>

    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Patrick Stevens</i>
    To a certain extent, people's politics are determined by their personalities. Authoritarians tend to remain authoritarians even if their views change.
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    Yes, that's true. But that's rather different that what you said initially which was that this could all be explained by the fact that he'd once been a communist...

    My OP was asking why now, though? If these ideas were so great why didn't Reid introduce them before? It's not as if the example of Northern Ireland is new, and in fact NI is slowly going in the opposite direction...

    Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety
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    My view is that Reid is basically a very authoritarian character (hence his being attracted to Soviet style communism as a young man) and is now instinctively attracted to any ghastly policy purely because it reduces civil liberties. Whether the policy is justified or necessary hardly enters into it - he just likes the idea of people being bossed around and locked up. From a different background, he'd have ended up as a Tory hanger and flogger.
  • redcogsredcogs Posts: 3,232
    Reid is a horror, and the perfect Home Secretary of the increasingly unpleasant 'Blairite Project' which has at its heart a total commitment to ensuring that the wealthy and their toads continue to dominate all aspects of society.

    The silly idea that Reid's previous attachment to the Stalinised Communist Party might explain his current authoritarian stances also ignores the Thatcher period. Those 'free marketeers' with 'liberty' at the foremost were precisely the ones who delivered all manner of curtailments on individual rights and basic freedoms throughout the 1980s and most of the 90s. Think about Thatchers attempted gag the republicans in Northern Ireland - She proscribed Sinn Fein and wiped its leaders, their faces and arguments from the airwaves. The great leader, was, in effect, telling the so called 'free press' to lie to its viewers and readers, to pretend that a problem censored was a problem solved. i'm not aware of any Communist Party influence, intellectual, psychological or otherwise behind all that dangerous nonsense.




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  • CunobelinCunobelin Posts: 11,792
    If I was a cynical person, one could see the future:

    Gordon Brown - "It wasn't me - It was my predecessor"
    Tony Bliar - "It wasn't me - I had resigned at this point - it was a transitional stage"

    So there we have it - the real reason why all the unpopular policies (Nuclear Power etc?) are being brought out now!

    Cynical - Moi?



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  • <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Melvil</i>

    I do agree that the proposed exemption from FOIA (FOISA up here in Scotland, I have some experience of working with it) is incredibly hypocritical.

    I don't know a huge amount about John Reid but personally I think he's an a-hole for opposing the smoking ban when his country was already banning it completely.

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    Melvil,

    My understanding is that FOIA may be changed but the Scottish Act - FOISA - won't be. As a result correspondence between Westminster MPs and Scottish Public Authorities will not be automatically exempt. I've already written to my MP indicating this and expressing my disgust at the proposed change.

    The excuses they give are pathetic - protecting their constituents' personal information! Under FOIA as it stands you could redact personal info. Interestingly, if the change goes though, if (in England) you got your councillor, MP and MEP to write to a public authority on your behalf, the councillor's and MSP's correspondence would not be automatically exempt. A case of "do as I say not as I do"[V]

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  • top_bhoytop_bhoy Posts: 1,421
    In June, 2004, John Reid described smoking as 'one of the few pleasures available to the poor'. That alone shows the guy up as an censored of the highest degree - he was health secretary at the time!!!


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  • <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Top_Bhoy</i>

    In June, 2004, John Reid described smoking as 'one of the few pleasures available to the poor'.<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">

    This was in the context of imposing a smoking ban on private members clubs. I must admit that I had grave reservations about telling people that they could not form a private club for smokers and smoke themselves to death in private. However, unsurprisingly, Reid did not argue the point from a libertarian point of view.
  • top_bhoytop_bhoy Posts: 1,421
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Patrick Stevens</i>

    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Top_Bhoy</i>

    In June, 2004, John Reid described smoking as 'one of the few pleasures available to the poor'.<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">

    This was in the context of imposing a smoking ban on private members clubs. I must admit that I had grave reservations about telling people that they could not form a private club for smokers and smoke themselves to death in private. However, unsurprisingly, Reid did not argue the point from a libertarian point of view.
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    Patrick, I don't believe it was in that context as the comments were made at a Labour Party event where he suggested that he was opposed to banning smoking in public because he thought it was better to use education as a means of getting people to quit.

    Whatever the background of his statement, it is almost irrelevant - it was to do about banning smoking and I always thought, as Health secretary, it was an ill advised and ludicrous statement to make at a time when in his position he should have been promoting better public health.

    Maybe even he had to draw the line at having smoking clubs where you could sign up to smoke yourself to death.[:o)]



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  • Gary AskwithGary Askwith Posts: 1,835
    Looking through a wider field of view I put the blame in this direction:

    [url][/url]http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/bios/Buchanan.html[url][/url]

    Quote:

    <font color="blue">In interview, the economist James M. Buchanan decries the notion of the "public interest", asking what it is, and suggesting that it consists purely of the self-interest of the governing bureaucrats. Buchanan also proposes that organisations should employ only managers who are motivated by money. He describes those who are motivated by other factors-such as job satisfaction or a sense of public duty-as "zealots".</font id="blue">

    Clinton then Blair embraced this 'public choice theory' and unleashed it in an attempt to (ironically) de-politicse public instititions and make them conform via targeting-control mechanisms...the problem is it does not work... the US neo-cons tried in Russia after the fall of the berlin wall, tried again in 2003 in Iraq and both times it failed totally, spectacularly
    rather than throwing it in the bin of utter failures it seems to have metamorphisised into a all-embracing culture where every civic problem can be controlled by new laws, checks and controls rather than looking at the basic problem itself........





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