"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."

Monday, 1 March 2010

The Government 'Giveth' And The Government Taketh Away

We should all be used to it by now; we all know to read the small print of the government's policy announcements so it should be no surprise that last week, on the same day Jack Straw was proclaiming the end of early release of prisoners, a letter was being sent out telling them  'we're so sorry for your disappointment, but you can still be released early if you apply for a tag instead' (the Home Detention Curfew scheme).

Sentencing was already subject to 'early release' given the guidelines of knocking a few months off here and trimming a few years there for 'good behaviour' and this is just another example of in through the front door and straight out the back.

They lie, they withhold information, they dissemble, evade and avoid.  How anyone can think of voting for this shameless shower of charlatans is beyond me.

And that's not all the crime-related news today.  Hot on the heels of yesterday's report that the IFE has infiltrated positions of political influence within the Labour Party comes the news that Sir Iain Blair, former Head of the Met, signed a contract with a certain Mr Azad Ali, head of the Muslim Safety Forum.  The formal agreement was in force between 2006 and 2007.
"The Commissioner will recognise the MSF as the principal body in relation to Muslim community safety and security."
The agreement says that the Met and MSF will "use the MSF as a consultation body to help formulate policy or practice" and "progress an annual plan of work through agreed priority workstreams," jointly led by Met and MSF representatives.

What really left me open-mouthed was this:
"...the Met also agreed to set up a four-strong panel with the MSF to offer the Muslim community a chance to comment on whether the information police had on a suspect was too flimsy and the consequences of a raid for community relations.  Mr Ali, one of the panel members, said at the time: "This will allow independent scrutiny of intelligence."
So... the Met was 'sharing' intelligence information before raids?  The article goes on:
However, Mr Ali, who is also a senior official of the IFE, has a strong track record of extremism. Last year, by which time he had become the MSF's treasurer, he was suspended from his job as a civil servant after praising Abdullah Azzam, Osama bin Laden's key mentor. Writing on his blog on the IFE website, he described Azzam as one of the "few Muslims who promote the understanding of the term jihad in its comprehensive glory" as both a doctrine of "self-purification" and of "warfare."

He then quoted Azzam's son, approvingly, as saying: "If I saw an American or British man wearing a soldier's uniform inside Iraq, I would kill him because that is my obligation ... I respect this as the main instruction in my religion for jihad." 
Go and read the whole thing and then stop wondering why people are turning to the BNP.

At the beginning of the month Azad Ali spoke at the 'Progressive Agenda to Stop The Right' which was organised by newt-loving Ken Livingstone; his rallies have also been attended by Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband.
Azad Ali

Can you spot him in this picture? Or perhaps it's Jack Straw and Harriet Harman out of mufti:


  1. :-) Cameron's done nothing to address the worries of many angry, fed-up people Mr W. All of it was predictable but no steps taken to avoid it.

  2. GV, thanks for the idea - have posted a rant!

  3. It's deserving of one - let it rip!


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