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5.0 out of 5 stars Be shocked, be worried, be angry. Find out what the government is doing in your name., 14 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Taking Liberties (Paperback)
Indefinite detention without charge; house arrest under horrendously strict and punitive conditions where there is not enough, perhaps not any, evidence to prosecute; the demonisation of children and the criminalisation of bad behaviour (did you realise you can now be given an on the spot fine for using bad language? What actually qualifies as bad language will depend on how sensitive the policeman/woman who happens to be passing you as you say it is - if they happen to be your granny you're probably in trouble); the erosion of the right to protest; complicity in torture; and a return to eugenics - you better hope your unborn child doesn't fit the government's notion of being likely to pose a future problem to society. As this excellent book makes plain, these are just a few of the things the political establishement has done and continues to do in your name. This book cannot fail to make you angry, and so it should. As a law student I have been a aware of many of these laws for a while, but having them outlined beside one another with there practical implications plain to see, made me realise just what dangerous times we are currently in. The authors are probably correct that politicians have our best interests at heart, but that cannot be a justification for the path which our country and its legal system are being led down. But what is most worrying, is the attitude that so many of us hold, that 'these laws wont affect me' or 'it can't possibly be that bad. For god sake, we're a democracy). Read this book and think again. Tell that to the 87 year old who was given an ASBO for being sarcastic. Tell it to the young girl who landed a criminal record for simply reading out the names of the dead in Iraq, civilians and soldiers, without political comment. Tell it to men who were held for more than two years without charge, without ever being told what evidence the government had against them, and then placed on house arrest when the Law Lords told the government it was breaching their human rights; including one man who was perviously acquitted of the Ricin plot because the prosecution had virtually no evidence against him but whose head the tabloid press demanded. While the book focuses on the erosion of the ancient right to liberty, its analysis suggests that values more generally are taking a back seat to political prudence. This is an unacceptable state of affairs, particularly for a country that so often claims the moral high ground on the international stage. Read this book, be angry and realise that all of us have a respsibility to speak up and take action.
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