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Ri'aK [userpic]
Rage against the dying of the Bright

Ok so it started with an ill considered move on my part. I read "the Sun" editorial. I'm not proud of it but I was bored and it was the only thing to read while I was waiting for my food.

Apparently the S(c)u(m)n wants to call on our new PM* to "tear up the hated Bill of Human Rights" because all it does is "prevent our security forces from protecting us effectively."

Can we suspend it just for him? Just long enough to have him arrested with no cause, held with no charge or right to appeal and then force him to watch "V for Vendetta" twenty times without allowing him to sleep.

Wouldn't it be funny if we became a God-fearing totalitarian state because of fear of terrorists that want us to become a God-fearing totalitarian state? (**)

* Because the best way to defy terrorism is to get an unelected leader to change our fundamental rights and protections.

** Assuming the "terrorists", (aka incompetent idiots***), were actually Muslim extremists which I'm not sure has even been confirmed yet.

*** So nice to see the British media turning a botched job into successful terrorism!


* Because the best way to defy terrorism is to get an unelected leader to change our fundamental rights and protections.

Deriding Gordon Brown for being 'unelected' is asinine.

Gordon Brown was elected in the same way Tony Blair was - elected to Parliament by his constituents, and then selected by his party to lead them.
Unless you happen to reside in the ward of a party leader, (or are a Member of Parliament) you're not going to vote for the Prime Minister. You can, of course, pick your local candidate based on who you want as Prime Minister, but it's that kind of behaviour that leads to incompetent idiots being voted mindlessly in due to party loyalties.

Or are you advocating a system where the country picks a Prime Minister in a nationwide vote? I'm sure that's worked wonderfully in America. Perhaps there could be a reality TV show, and we could vote by phone.

yeah i noticed that. personally i think a lot of people do vote for a PM rather than a party and i have never advocated either the US or UK attempts at democracy in any case. my point about being unelected was to contrast that with the attitude that we need to surrender basic rights to protect our freedoms!

"Those who would sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither" - Benjamin Franklin.