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Government's Abuses of our Liberty Listed by Shadow Home Secretary as he Resigns as MP .........

 
Stewart Cowan, 12/6/08

David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary, has resigned as an MP following the Government's victory in the Commons yesterday.

Despite plenty of Labour rebels voting against increasing the period of detention that terrorist suspects can be held without charge to 42 days, the Government won by just nine votes thanks to the backing of nine Democratic Unionist MPs.

The Government and DUP deny there was any deal made behind closed doors.

In a statement, Mr Davis will fight the by-election his resignation will force, "against the slow strangulation of fundamental British freedoms by this government."

He spoke in defence of Habeas Corpus, the most fundamental of British freedoms - the right not to be imprisoned by the state without charge or reason.

But, sadly, the Government has stirred up the people to live in fear so that they will accept tyranny in exchange for what they see as security.

Of course we want the real terrorists to be dealt with swiftly and effectively, but what people supportive of a six week incarceration ought to appreciate is that these days just about anyone can be suspected of being a potential terrorist, like an octogenarian war protestor wearing an anti-Blair T-shirt near the Labour Party Conference.

Mr Davis said that the 42-day issue is perhaps "the most salient example of the insidious, surreptitious and relentless erosion of fundamental British freedoms."

He went on to list other erosions of our liberty:

  • We will have shortly, the most intrusive identity card system in the world.
  • A CCTV camera for every 14 citizens.
  • A DNA database bigger than any dictatorship has.
  • An assault on jury trials, that bulwark against bad law and its arbitrary abuse by the state.
  • Shortcuts with our justice system that make our system neither firm nor fair.
  • The creation of a database state, opening up our private lives to the prying eyes of official snoopers and exposing our personal data to careless civil servants and criminal hackers.
  • The state has security powers to clamp down on peaceful protest, and so-called hate laws that stifle legitimate debate whilst those who incite violence get off scot-free.

He then added, "This cannot go on. It must be stopped," and explained he would make a stand by resigning to force a by-election in his constituency, Haltemprice and Howden.

He added that, "at least my electorate, and the nation as a whole, would have had the opportunity to debate and consider one of the most fundamental issues of our day: the ever intrusive power of the state into our lives; the loss of privacy; the loss of freedom and a steady attrition undermining the rule of law."

"And if they do send me back here, it will be with a single, simple message: that the monstrosity of a law that we passed yesterday will not stand."

The debate should now go to the House of Lords, where Mr Davis expects a Government defeat as their lordships should support Magna Carta and Habeas Corpus, but he is concerned that the Parliament Act will be used by the Government to overrule the Lords.

The whole statement can be heard here.

Update 7.30pm GMT: Labour's official website has the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, responding to the resignation of Mr Davis, with these words:

"Faced with a crucial decision on the safety and protection of the British public, the Conservatives have collapsed into total disarray on what is their first big policy test since they have come under greater scrutiny."

All Labour has is that we have to give up our freedom for our own "safety and protection" (whether we want to or not!).

I am not a supporter of any mainstream party, but to insinuate that the Tories have "collapsed into total disarray" is worse than feeble.

Still, I guess a band of tyrannical liars, thieves and traitors hanging onto power by their fingertips will say just about anything to try and discredit opposition - especially when they expose these runts for what they are.