"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Polly Toynbee: Never Knowingly Understated

"The state can do terrible things to people. While libertarians worry about big brother CCTV cameras, information stored on computers or the shameful power to lock people up without trial for 28 days, even worse happens behind closed doors at the state's behest.

"Every day in hospitals, nursing homes and at home, the state not only permits but orders the torture of the terminally ill. Confined within bodies too frail to help themselves, people are denied assistance from doctors to end their lives peacefully. If anyone counted up the numbers of the dying and the months of agony they suffer against their will in the many dying rooms of the nation's institutions, then the 1961 Suicide Act would emerge as the cruellest torture instrument."
Ms Toynbee goes on to say that Labour should quickly introduce a new law before the 'socially and politically conservative' Conservatives form the next government.

Labour rushing through legislation & binding socialist philosophy into the law of the land; doncha just love it - what could possibly go wrong?

I blame her parents.

6 comments:

  1. And of course it involves the State killing people.Dontcha just love teh Party of Death?

    And what about all those people trapped helplessly in homes surrounded by rowdy and felonious neighbours, or tortured by the knowledge that their teenage fellow-citizens are beign exported to the Old Country to marry and be screwed by much older paternal cousins?

    And we don't even have to kill anyone to sort those problems out: not one.

    Thanks for the plug, too.

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  2. The media have made Polly resemble someone actively encouraging people to top themselves, and that she's self-obssessed with suicide.

    Which she probably is, when thinking about it.

    But a little more publicity and they will build her so far up and then knock her down again by making her look mad / eccentric / hooked on death. It will sell more papers, and is an old trick.

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  3. Polly wd love that wouldn't she? Lessons in Socialism, Part III, Ch. XXiv, ss(a)(c)&(f): How to become the arbiter of death.

    I for one have had more than my fill of the Labour Party social experiment - it's failed and failed badly at that. I hope the queyntes never live to see office again in Polly's lifetime. I also hope Cameron can turn back the tide (not so hopeful on that one though).

    You're welcome to the plug - I always say where I find stuff (if I can remember) - and you're in my blogroll.

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  4. VotR - I think Polly spends so much time on tv these days and writing tripe like that article that she's done it all by herself. The sooner she hops on a plane to her socialist-hideaway villa in Tuscany, the better. I can't believe the credence people seem to give to her opinions. (Mind you, some of the comments are good for a laugh).

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  5. At the next Party Conference, the Tories really have to drop the whole "torture the frail" piece of the party platform. It's a political loser.

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  6. Hi Nickie, many natural Conservatives think the party is too centrist - too open to mediation, consensus and appeasement. Sadly, for you and the rest of the world, America will go the same way under Obama - but he's rushing it which may be his downfall.

    The anti-Obama voices from Britain were vociferous but drowned out by the acclaim from the rest of the world (who, in case you hadn't noticed, are jealous of the USA). No problem now, we'll all be equal and living in socialist sh*t.

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