If you’ve been paying attention over the last few years, it is clear how the elite see the rest of us. We are little more than farm yard animals to be cajoled and compelled and banned from doing things, lectured and hectored at will, and above all taxed. We maybe shot if it suits the government as poor old John Charles De Menezes found out, or slung in jail as any number are now finding out for speaking words the government don’t like, and above all we are to be frightened by bogey men. Mencken once said “the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary”
And thus the whole security theatre at airports (which I will take a bit more seriously when I see Obama’s daughters being abused by the TSA or Cameron being subject to a body search ~ hey who has killed more people after all?). Terror threat? For someone who grew up in the 1970’s when the IRA were planting actual bombs regularly, it’s hard to take this seriously.
But you might have hoped for some kind of intellectual consistency, if not from politicians then at least from the judiciary.
But in one of the most convoluted and tortured contradictions ever to vomit forth from a British courtroom, the residents who weren’t thrilled with having anti-aircraft missiles on their roofs (and from what I can make out, out there without permission, notice or compensation of any kind) have lost their case against the deployment.
A judge ruled the Ministry of Defence was legally entitled to decide there was “no credible threat” and the siting of the missiles was both “legitimate and proportionate” because of the “unprecedented” circumstances of the Games.
Yep, you read that right, there is no credible threat and it is so severe that we need to put missiles on your roof.
One of the residents has caught on, he said the clear implication of the judgment was that “the MoD now has power to militarise the private homes of any person” even when there was no war on, or state of emergency declared.
Yep. Free speech is gone, the right to own handguns long gone, self-defence, forget it, wer are taxed* and regulated to death, albeit inconvenient regulations are done away with for the elite**. Now property rights are crushed at the whim of the state because they find it convenient.
The Romans used to say Fiat ‘justitia ruat caelum’’ meaning “let justice be done though the heavens fall” Not anymore.
* Not for the elite obviously, for you. They pay 8% tax on the money they extract from you at the point of a gun, while they make you pay 45%.
** I’ve read, (but cannot find a link) that some of the speed bumps in the Zill lanes are being removed, does anyone know if this is correct?