George Monbiot onto something?

© Just Sketchy

© Just Sketchy

Given Monbiot’s attitude to the truth these laws are equally likely to do the precise opposite of everything he says, but assuming he’s relayed the facts accurately this recent article does us a service:

These laws will be used to stamp out plurality and difference, to douse the exuberance of youth, to pursue children for the crime of being young and together in a public place, to help turn this nation into a money-making monoculture, controlled, homogenised, lifeless, strifeless and bland.

Of course, he takes a few digs at the coalition and frames the debate uneccessarily in class terms, but this is in the Guardian. For balance, I hauled up a bit more on this from Spiked and found the Bill itself. On it’s face the following reassuring blurb:

Secretary Theresa May has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the
Human Rights Act 1998:
In my view the provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill are compatible with the Convention rights.
Thanks Theresa. Now, does anyone have a convenient army tucked away somewhere?

Simon Gibbs

Simon is a London based IT contractor and the proprietor of Libertarian Home. Working with logic and cause-and-effect each day he was naturally attracted to nerdy libertarianism and later to harshly logical Objectivism. Find him on Google+ 

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  4 comments for “George Monbiot onto something?

  1. Tim Carpenter
    Jan 7, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Yet more laws designed to perpetually hang over us, yet only enforced when it suits the State.

  2. Jan 9, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Yet another indication that the Tories only appreciate liberty when they are out of government for a decade or more.

    • Tim Carpenter
      Jan 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Translation: The Tories only appreciate liberty as a means to secure power?

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