No, George and Tony have assured us that in the 'war on terror' it has been necessary to introduce measures to ensure public safety and to defend our freedoms. To say nought of Weapons of Mass Delusion.
Yesterday at the New Labour party conference in Brighton, England, a long time party activist aged 82 years uttered the word nonsense during a speech by Foreign Secretary Jack Straw (touching on Iraq). The frail man was jumped upon by burly male stewards and another party activist who intervened to protest the unnecessary and extreme manhandling by stewards was similarly manhandled and bundled out of the hall. On trying to re-enter the hall the 82 year old man, whose family had fled Nazi Germany in 1937, was arrested under Anti-Terrorism law.
Each and every terrorist act appears to prompt in the UK new demands by Mr Blair's government for new, tougher laws over-turning centuries old freedoms. Each and every time the British public are assured, as are opposition politicians, that the new laws will only be used sparingly and those who pose an extreme threat.
82 year old frail man. A threat to what and to whom? Simple. Free speech and total control. That is Blair's constant need, he cannot cope with dissent or criticism.
The incident was both televised and broadcast nationally.
The party and Mr Blair have since apologised - they had absolutely no choice following the broadcast and the reaction to events. Today the good man returned to the conference to cheers and thunderous applause.