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Passing thoughts on the Human Rights Act

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Considering the traditional protections against the state that the individual has enjoyed in this country, I would mention off the top of my head; the right to a jury trial; the presumption of innocence; habeas corpus; the right to remain silent; the protection against double jeopardy; the right to self-defence. I ask you; which of…

The European Arrest Warrant: a useful tool (for a tyrant)

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The erosion of liberty continues apace. Watching it happen over time is like observing the crumbling white cliffs growing ever weaker as the waves crash into them. It is generally a gradual, continuous process but eventually comes the moment when a great chunk crumbles into the sea and is washed utterly away. Today is such…

The government wins phoney European Arrest Warrant vote

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On the 9th July David Cameron boasted that the Government had “just achieved the greatest ever return of powers to the UK” from the European Union. Unfortunately, our Prime Minister often resembles an oily salesman as he routinely misrepresents the truth for short term political gain. The pledge to hold a referendum on the Lisbon…

Non-violent extremists for liberty

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Hey, have you heard of the internet? Our prime minister and his secretary, Theresa, sure have, and they’re keen to crack down on and get tough with the non-violent extremists on there who are opposed to democracy. Whether or not this is good policy, one thing is certain: in an ideal world this would mean…

Syrian Chemical Attack: Diabolus Ex Machina

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Just when everyone’s attention had moved over to Egypt, and coinciding with the presence of UN investigators, come reports of a massive chemical attack in Damascus. Foreign Secretary William Hague immediately denounces the Assad regime in his most florid terms, crossing his fingers that he may yet get the chance to play armchair general, the…

David Miranda and the Terror State

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The true nature of the British state is revealed in its treatment of David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glen Greenwald, who was held hostage at Heathrow Airport, whilst in transit from Berlin to his home in Brazil. As is the usual procedure, the ‘authorities’ used draconian anti-terrorist legislation, even a cursory reading of…

Politics of Jeff Bezos

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When I heard that Jeff Bezos had purchased the Washington post I, like many, thought “hang on, isn’t he one if those libertarian techy types?”, so on Tuesday I posted, to the effect that indeed he might be, and earned myself the a place in the esteemed “Samizdata Quote of The Day” series. It seems…