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Archive: 2005 January
There’s no need for all that. The whole of history can be simply condensed:
In the past, technology wasn’t so good; people had lots of babies; people died younger. And in the end we got to where we are today.
History wasn’t a very good school subject for me. All I can remember (from secondary school anyway) is learning about the 1960s. I couldn’t even tell you if we learned about anything but the 1960s. I’d have thought so, but obviously I don’t care.
So because it was unfair to bang up foreigners without putting them on trial, the government has decided to balance it out by allowing Brits to be locked away without this basic right aswell. Because that’s so much fairer!!! Oh, it was so predictable though.
While our soldiers are still in Iraq supposedly bringing freedom to the middle east, our own freedoms are gradually disappearing. If there is such overwhelming evidence that suspected terrorists are so dangerous, what is there to lose by putting them on trial? The right to a fair trial is surely one of the most basic aspects of a free country; one of the shining beacons that separate democracies and totalitarian regimes.
This is not merely a drastic course of action for dangerous times. As Nosemonkey points out, terrorism was not invented on the 11th September 2001.
Since September 11th 2001 there has been precisely ONE terrorist attack in Britain – a failed car bomb in Birmingham on 3rd November that year, by the Real IRA. We’ve had fewer terrorist attacks in the last 40 months than any time in the last thirty years.
And even if the threat is real – and there is no real reason to believe that it isn’t, because there is no such thing as 100% security – it still doesn’t excuse such a desperate course of action. As Boris Johnson said in his blog:
By all means bang them away. But it is a disgrace not to put them on trial.
Live and direct from the University library. I’ve been given an extra hour off “due to illness”. I was kind of struggling to fill up the time anyway. What better way to fill the time than to write an utterly banal post about the weather?
It’s like spring! Not too hot, not too cold. Lovely and sunny. No wasps. Since when was the weather ever perfect?
Look around you. Just look around you.
It’s back at last! Thants. This time, instead of being a spoof ITV Schools-style progamme, it’s going to be more like Tomorrow’s World. And instead of being just ten minutes long, it’s going to be half an hour long.
The first episode sounds great already. “The team find out what music will sound like in the year 2000.” Weird that Josie D’Arby’s in it. Assuming it’s the same Josie D’Arby, of course.
The website is still in ITV Schools mode, but why not visit it anyway.
Make sure you look out for the release of the new albumen… it’s OUT NOW.
February is shaping up to be a good month for television, with ‘teaser’ trailers for Chris Morris’ new programme, Nathan Barley, currently going out in anticipation for transmission next month.