but plenty to fear from Ms ID Card
The alleged Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, says she needs to be able to prove who she is. I agree it’s a problem. It is hard to credit that this deeply unimpressive person holds the great office once occupied by Winston Churchill. I expect she gets stopped by doubting “security” men quite often.
I personally have trouble believing that she exists at all, or that this country should in general be run by witless wastes of space in thrall to all the stupidest ideas of the Sixties.
She says we “need” to “prove who we are”. But mainly we need to do this because the Government has spun a spider’s web of silly rules, which snags the law abiding and spares real troublemakers.
Just in case you are a Mafia money launderer, you must show a passport to change currency, or produce a gas bill to open a bank account.
Just in case you are a child molester, you must have your entire biography checked by police before you can work in all kinds of places.
Just in case you are a terrorist, you are barred from entering an increasing number of buildings, or from flying, unless you can produce a piece of plastic which supposedly says who you are.
Very soon, under section 14 of the Police and Justice Act 2006, the State will have the power to demand an identity document from anybody who wants to board the Isle of Wight ferry.
And I predict here that a photo identity will, before long, be required to buy a long distance rail or bus ticket, to stay in a hotel, to use a credit card or to buy a TV set or mobile phone.
These precautions are useless against real money launderers, paedophiles, Fake IDs gangsters and terrorists, who laugh at them.
But they make people like Ms Smith look and feel as if they are doing something.
Worse, they fool the gullible into thinking they are safer from crime and terror. Believe me, even if you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve something to fear.
And so they plough on with their “ID” cards, never admitting that the real purpose of these breathing licences is to increase the Government’s power to meddle in our private lives.
Many of you have helped me in my campaign against this unBritish scheme. And we have, in fact, won a small victory.
Ms Smith has now put off plans to force us to be fingerprinted when we renew our passports, probably until 2012.
Originally, this was meant to have started by now, but thousands of people renewed their passports early to avoid being fingerprinted and to protest and this has plainly frightened the Home Office. We can still beat this grotesque plan.
Why do respectable, educated people have anything to do with the moronic cult of football, a celebration of cheating, shamming, spite, crudity and greed?
Intelligence and thought seem to shrivel within a mile of any soccer field.
How could a thinking human have wanted to show public sympathy for a convicted criminal whose victim had been left partially blind?
Well, exactly, filltrustid but Tim Cahill did just that. His later apology was couched in the worthless “I’m sorry if .” mode, which effectively blames the witnesses of this loathsome gesture for being upset by it.
As a society, we have no guts and we will not defend ourselves when attacked. That is the simple message from the official RAF ban on wearing uniform in Peterborough.
In any proper country, the people who jeered at the servicemen would be the ones hiding themselves in shame. But not here.
That’s why short of a political earthquake we’re done, gone and finished, and will cease to exist as a nation within a generation or two. It’s also why those who can are getting out.
Remember this old, hard truth. If you don’t respect your own Armed Forces, you will fairly soon find that you have to respect someone else’s.
I am glad to see the back of the blasphemy laws. They were no use at protecting the Christian religion and gave some Muslim countries an excuse to apply much fiercer pro Islam laws against Christians, as Christians in Pakistan have told me.
We cannot complain about Muslim attempts to censor criticism of Islam if we have such laws. My own suspicion is that those, especially self proclaimed “artists”, who seek to make money through sacrilege will come to be ashamed of themselves, sooner or later. Meanwhile, cold contempt will hurt them much more than prosecution.
Let’s have an architectural crimes tribunal at which leading modern architects are condemned to dwell in their own hideous, stupid structures. filltrustid
The really serious cases could be compelled to blow up their own monstrosities in front of jubilant crowds of former occupants.