I’m sorry if this has been mentioned elsewhere. As I said, it’s difficult to catch up with five days’ worth of blog posts.
But I was listening to the radio yesterday morning. People were saying that the only reason Brian Sedgemore defected to the Liberal Democrats now is because he wanted to make as much noise of possible. This is true — and I applaud him for it. Because let’s remind ourselves of what he said in his last speech in the House of Commons.
Many Members have gone nap on the matter [of liberty]. They voted: first, to abolish trial by jury in less serious cases; secondly, to abolish trial by jury in more serious cases; thirdly, to approve an unlawful war; fourthly, to create a gulag at Belmarsh; and fifthly, to lock up innocent people in their homes.
Is that not worth making noise about?
It’s not as if his defection is a great surprise either, when you consider what he said immediately afterwards (emphasis mine):
It is truly terrifying to imagine what those Members of Parliament will vote for next. I can describe all that only as new Labourâ€™s descent into hell, which is not a place where I want to be.