Police harassment…but not the gulag

November 30, 2008 at 11:59 pm (Free Speech, Gordon Brown, Jim D, labour party, politics, stalinism, Tory scum)

Damian Green is a Tory MP in Britain. This means he’s almost certainly an enemy of social justice. In fact, his voting record places him firmly on the right of his already right-wing party. The best you can  say about him is that he isn’t part of the Tory religious tendency (on issues like abortion or embryology). Other than that though… he’s in favour of torturing dogs, does not support equal rights for
homosexuals and counts Ian Paisley high among his political friends. Not a nice man.
So from a strictly personal point of view, the fact that he’s just been the subject of a little bit of police harassment doesn’t upset me all that much. In fact, if people like Damian Green got harrassed a bit more by the police, then maybe they wouldn’t be so damn quick to champion the harassment of others (his opposition to drug-law reform and stance on asylum seekers being just two examples of that championing).

So how did this harassment manifest itself in Mr. Green’s case? Well it turns out he was suspected of releasing classified government documents into the public domain (”leaking” as it’s known). As a result he was arrested, questioned and then released without charge.

That the Tory party is describing this as “Stalinesque” is the final proof (if proof be need be) that they’ve completely lost the plot. Certainly the Tories aren’t above a wee bit of historical revisionism. We all know that. But are they really saying that one of the primary characteristics of Stalin’s regime was that political opponents were questioned for a few hours prior to being released? It’s 20 years since I read a biography of Stalin, but my memory isn’t that bad, surely!

Don’t get me wrong, clearly what’s happened here is a little heavy-handed and demonstrates the craven hypocrisy of the Brown administration. When it suits the Labour Party they are more than willing to leak stuff to the media. In fact, they’ve got such a consistent track-record of leaking stuff that it hardly raises an eyebrow any more. It’s got to the point where the Labour government leaking information is almost considered “official channels”. That the police aren’t banging on the doors of cabinet ministers and hauling them off for questioning on a regular basis demonstrates that there’s a double-standard at work. And when a government starts to employ the police to enforce its double-standards then they really need to be replaced.

But the last people that should be replacing them are a bunch of dangerous fools who are willing to cry “Stalin” when one of their own gets questioned for a few hours and then released, but who stay silent at — and indeed support — the systematic harassment of others.

I don’t recall the Tory outcry when police kicked down a door in Forest Gate and shot an unarmed suspect. I don’t recall the tories accusing the police of ‘Stalinesque’ tactics that day. In fact, just to demonstrate how divorced these fools are from reality, how utterly self-serving in their outlook, a Tory spokesman has described Green’s arrest as “unprecedented in its heavy-handedness”.

Unprecedented? Really? What complete tossers those tories truly are.

PS: I’ve nicked this well-written piece from someone else’s blog…and promptly forgotten who’s, and can’t find it…so:

1/ I apologise to whoever it was;

2/ Can anyone track down the blog in question?


  1. Will said,

  2. Will said,

    Your fucking spam filter — fucking piece of shite

    the blog in question you have nicked from is this


  3. modernityblog said,

    ahh go away with you, the only bit of good news for ages

    I laugh

    lock the whole fucking Tory Front Bench up, if you want, I’d cheer

    Labour should do this more often, it is a sure fire vote winner

    but instead of a simple arrest, drag these Tories behind a van on long chains for a few miles, and allow people to throw soft fruit and veg at them

    humiliating Tories is great fun, should be more of it.

  4. John A said,

  5. Jim Bliss said,

    As John A says, that was one of my posts.

    Nothing against you cross-posting it here, but I’m not sure if you’re aware that the right-hand column of your site is eating into the text by a few millimeters. You might want to look into that as it truncates some sentences and make them difficult to understand.

    All the best,

  6. Jim Denham said,

    Good of you to take such a relaxed attitude, John; you may like to get back to us with a plug for your blog ( http://numero57.net/).

    And, yes: I am aware of the technical glitch: it’s just that I haven’t got a clue what to do about it (apart from re-writing the lot of it instead of cutting and pasting: and I can’t be arsed, I’m afraid). Volty, who could probably sort it out, is presently away on family duty.

  7. Jim Bliss said,

    Hi Jim. I’m actually a ‘Jim’ too, rather than a ‘John’, but I can see how the confusion arose.

    I took a quick look at the source code and stylesheet for this page but whatever is causing the truncation isn’t immediately obvious. Sorry I can’t help.

    I’m not really sure how I’d go about *plugging* my blog. I don’t have a consistent theme and write about whatever takes my fancy on a given day / week. Politics one day, music the next. My field of study is psychoanalysis — specifically Group Psychodynamics — and although I occasionally discuss it directly, it’s more a case of it informing my views on politics and philosophy. I’m strongly anti-capitalist and believe that a free market in non-renewable natural resources is both a symptom and a contributing factor to what I consider a dangerous collective psychosis at the heart of western civilisation.

    I’m on the fringe of the fringe so to speak. I trace my intellectual lineage from Nietzsche through Freud, Einstein and — most particularly — Gregory Bateson. As a result, I get very few readers. Which is OK. When I see the quality of the comments that get made on high-traffic blogs, it’s a relief to have but a few select readers!

  8. Where it’s at (The Quiet Road) said,

    […] cited or linked-to in a positive context (e.g. Bloggerheads, Chicken Yoghurt, Liberal Conspiracy, Shiraz Socialist, and more). Though there has been one clear denunciation, from a blogger called A Very British Dude […]

  9. KB Player said,

    Jim – if you’re nicking text off a blog or anywhere else, copy and paste it into Notepad. That strips all the formatting off the text. You can then copy and paste it from Notepad into WordPress and it should be okay.

  10. Jim Denham said,

    Thanks for that, KB: I’m sure that’s sound advice and will ask Volty to explain it to me on his return.

  11. Jim Denham said,

    In today’s ‘Morning Star’ Jeremy Corbynclaims that the Damian Green affair marks a “dangerous point in our democracy”, and the ‘Star’ itself puts “our democracy in danger” on its front page. A rather saner view comes from Marcel Berlins in the ‘Graun’: “The fuss over Damian Green affair has been excessive. Parliamentary democracy is not at risk,”:

  12. modernityblog said,

    why can’t people see it, for what it is, in class terms?

    it is a spat between various groupings within the British ruling classes, and not much more than that

    as more information comes out the worse it seems, the informant was a Tory with ambitions, the leaked information on immigration would have been used to stir up race hatred by the Tories and it has been going on for at least two years

    I see no obligation for socialists (or anyone else) to assist the Tories in this matter

    fuck ’em, that’s what I say

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