Is Gordon Brown planning military action against the British people?
Why otherwise are ‘special briefing sessions’ being held to ascertain whether or not members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces would fire on their own nationals?
It may be quite usual for the Army to be placed on standby during periods of threatened unrest, but the thought of the streets of London being subject to the sorts of scenes last witnessed on the streets of Belfast is not remotely acceptable.
But Dr Richard North has received intelligence ‘from a confidential source’ that ‘the MoD was buying up unusually large quantities of tear gas and other riot equipment’.
Of course, ‘other riot equipment’ may be nothing more than shields and helmets. But in light of the information in the PJC Journal, it appears that Her Majesty’s Government are preparing to unleash the might of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces upon Her Majesty’s loyal subjects.
Are we really now in a state where police authority can override parliamentary privilege; where elected politicians can be silenced by unelected peers; where freedom of speech for Christians is subsumed to the ‘rights’ of minorities; where innocent people can be subject to surveillance and detained for a month without charge; and where a ruling executive can let slip the dogs of war to kill their compatriots?
The British Army is undeniably professional and world class. But we have seen that there are elements within it which are prepared to engage in illegal and intimidatory activity against ordinary people. It is one thing to conspire with the civil authorities to enforce false arrest; it is quite another to injure someone or end a life simply because one is obeying orders. The United Kingdom is not a war zone, and civil unrest would not constitute such.
‘New Labour’ continues to be the most authoritarian government in centuries: it rules with all the infallible arrogance of divine right. Ancient rights have been transgressed, traditions set aside and liberties curtailed. The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 is nothing but an ‘Enabling Act’ which gives the government the authority to declare a state of emergency – with no possibility of objective scrutiny or challenge – and thereafter rule by decree. The ‘emergency’ can be declared if there has been an incident, if an incident is occurring, or if an incident is about to occur.
We are back in the realms of Minority Report.
Margaret Thatcher could have deployed the Army to gun down the miners or the poll tax rioters. Tony Blair could have called them up to rid the roads of fuel protestors. And they could have done so with impunity, for there are no consequences for the abuse of these powers.
On declaring an emergency, ministers acquire the power to make arbitrary regulations for many purposes, including ‘protecting or restoring the activities of banks or other financial institutions’ (that was prophetic) and ‘protecting or restoring activities of Parliament’. Since these regulations bypass Parliament under the Royal Prerogative, the Prime Minister has acquired absolute power to inter alia ‘give directions or orders’, ‘provide for or enable the requisition or confiscation of property’, ‘provide for or enable the destruction of property’, ‘prohibit, or enable the prohibition of, movement to or from a specified place’; and ‘prohibit, or enable the prohibition of, assemblies of specified kinds, at specified places or at specified times’.
Reports of ‘top secret contingency plans’ to counter the threat posed by a ‘summer of discontent’ appear to have more than a grain of truth to them. And we have seen before what arises when a nation is humiliated: when it is stuck in an economic crisis, mired in recession, subject to external constraints, with unemployment soaring, protests and civil unrest.
Political extremists arise to incite and stir with the most reasonable and engaging of themes.
We have not heard the last of ‘British jobs for British workers’.
And it is not only the poorly educated or ‘working class’ who are prone to such overtures. According to The Express, the Government is worried ‘that the middle classes, now struggling to cope with unemployment and repossessions, may take to the streets with the disenfranchised’. The Daily Mail also expresses concern that ‘law-abiding middle-class individuals who would never have considered joining demonstrations may now seek to vent their anger through protests this year’.
And ‘...there have been crisis talks in Whitehall about this’.
Cranmer bets there has.
With ‘thousands of foreign workers exploiting British jobs market’, with concerns over immigration, with companies collapsing, with unemployment and house repossessions increasing, there is an underlying reservoir of resentment and contempt which is presently simmering but may yet boil over.
Prime Minister, the people are angry.
Is your solution of last resort to shoot them?