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evil geeza

TERROR! Imran Khan arrested for having a differing views to Pakistan government

http://www.guardian.co.uk/pakistan/Story/0,,2211276,00.html - It was only a matter of time before a country used anti-terror legislation of justify stifling political dissent. It all depends on how you define a terrorist... Oh, but hang on a minute... We've already done it over here! Remember Walter Wolfgang, the guy that was arrested, albeit briefly, under our anti-terror laws for heckling Tony Blair about the Iraq invasion at a Labour party conference back in 2005.

Boy those anti-terror laws make me feel safe. I really hope that we introduce or amend some more to give the Police more powers. Maybe if we're lucky they'll try to up the time limit that you can hold anyone without having to produce any proof that they are a threat to anyone from 28 days to say, 56...
evil geeza

Today's the day

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6243558.stm - I got it wrong on Sunday when I said that Brown was taking over from Blair that day. He was and he wasn't. He had become the leader of the Labour party at that point but not the PM. That happens today. Which highlights what a stupidly long and drawn out process this has been.

I'm looking forward to seeing the back of Blair. I don't like or trust him which is not a great thing in an elected official with that much sway over one's life. And, up until last night, I was looking forward to Brown stepping in. That was until I saw Newsnight where their roving reporter attempted to as Brown just one single question. He never got to ask it despite following him around for days. Brown's press people and even the police seemed to do their level best to stop any reporters from getting anywhere near him. I for one like a bit of visibly from our leaders. I guess it's early days yet, but if this is the way it's going to be, I suspect that Brown isn't going to last all that long. The voting public seems to like a 'personality' more than a stuffy suit in an ivory tower.

I guess it's just same shit, different day...
evil geeza

High alert

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4778713.stm - Sadly, it seems that the government's way of handling 'the war on terror' is to attempt to build bigger walls around Britain. Now, I know that I'm going to sound like some bleeding heart liberal when I say this, but... Maybe if we stopped throwing so many rocks at people from the castle walls, people wouldn't want to storm the front gates?

Sadly our policy seems to be reactive instead of pre-emptive. Apparently whatever it is that we're doing is good and right and therefore can't possibly be bad for everyone involved.

...and in other news... Still no sign of that ceasefire resolution.