Tom Harris: just doesn't get 1984
Now, it seems that Tom has (a little prematurely) received his copy of 1984 and is dismissive of the book.
An Orwellian nightmare? Oh, wake up!
Why, thank you, Tom, for your patronising order: do you mind if I fucking ignore you, you wanker?
AN ODD thing arrived today at the office: an Amazon package containing a brand new copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. It’s not the book itself that is odd - I read it for the first time nearly 30 years ago and it’s a rollicking good yarn, with a great plot and a very dramatic ending.
And that, of course, is all that Tom took from it: the appreciation of a book that described, very well, the state of Stalin's Russia—before it became so fucking obvious that even (most of) the Labour Party had to acknowledge what was going on—has been lost on this moron.
Well, first of all, how about the arrogance of anyone referring to anyone else as anyone’s “masters”?
Fuck you, sunshine. You pass laws that were not in your manifesto; you skip the bits of your manifesto that you don't like; you rape our fucking money from us and pay it into your own deep fucking pockets. You know what, Tom, it looks to us like you think that you are our masters. Perhaps you would like to announce that you will come out into the streets of Westminster and take whatever anyone can throw at you and see just how well respected you are, you corrupt sack of shit?
Secondly, there seem to be an awful lot of people out there - perhaps dozens of them - who seem to get strangely exercised at the prospect of a “police state”.
Ah, yes: that's right, Tom: you denigrate those who disagree with you, why don't you?
You aren't in the House of Commons now, you cunt: you can't get away with that. It's not people getting "strangely excited": it's people getting scared.
You know, one of your commenters summed it up rather well...
“Well, first of all, how about the arrogance of anyone referring to anyone else as anyone’s “masters”?”
Oh God I’m spitting here, clarification notwithstanding.
In a democracy, as you proudly boast that this country still is, who is master and who is servant? It’s a no-brainer isn’t it? Call it employer if you like but it doesn’t change anything and there is nothing arrogant about reminding the Labour party (or any of the other MPs) that this is the case. You all seem to have completely forgotten.
Your blithe dismissal of this ‘gift’ is stunning in its lack of understanding of how strongly many people feel about how the minutiae of their lives are being constantly interfered with. This isn’t Jim Baxter’s cherry-picked instances we are talking about, this is wholesale destruction of everyday life.
… and a new restriction is brought out EVERY day.
Today it was:
Prospective MPs not required to give addresses anymore (yet contrast this with Section 50 of the Police Reform Act 2002 where it is an offence for a member of the public to refuse to give their name and address to the Police when asked, whether they have committed an offence, or even been suspected of one, or not - your lot brought that one in).
I could list one of these EVERY day if you like but I have a business to run and I would expect someone whose business is Government to know these things and to recognise when civil liberties are being cut out. You don’t seem to think there is anything wrong!
It’s not all about CCTV, it’s about tiny things that add to a whole that is unacceptable and should be stopped. YOUR party have encouraged this and should be ashamed of yourselves.
OK. Here’s a list of the recent ones that have staggered me and which your party should be thoroughly ashamed.
Separate queues for buying alcohol in supermarkets so buyers “will be subjected to scrutiny of fellow shoppers”. What? Why?
Smokers being banned from fostering children when there is a shortage of 2,000 foster homes. What?? Why??
History & Geography being scrapped from schools in favour of ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ and ‘Multi-Culturalism’. What? Really?
Compulsory … note, not available for veto by parents … compulsory sex education for 5 year olds. (I haven’t mentioned the finger-printing, that’s so last month isn’t it?)
Bans on fast food outlets opening within 500 metres of schools. Funny, I don’t remember voting on that particular issue in this wonderful democracy that you seem to think exists, much as I didn’t vote on the idea of a blanket smoking ban but DID vote on a partial ban and a manifesto pledge of a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
That is just the past couple of days.
Your copy of 1984 is richly deserved after reading your blog post. Read it again and take note of how your party have passed so many laws that are so very similar to those mentioned in the book.
Here’s an example - a guy accosted in Middlesbrough for taking pictures on his mobile phone, the reason for being stopped for doing something legal? Anti-Terrorism laws. His crime? Nothing. The Police officer’s reasoning as to why he may have been committing an offence? He may have been a voyeur. Is the officer examining the man’s thoughts? Is this a ‘Thought Crime’?
My local paper (today) has the story of a 15 year old on a Geography field trip being accosted by PCSOs and made to sign forms under the Terrorism Act. His details were to be stored on a database as a potential terrorist for 6 years. Fortunately he has a Dad who is educated and can get it erased. Your lot talk about social justice, can you imagine the son of a builder living on a council estate getting the same result? YOUR laws Tom.
Labour is rotten. Orwellian nightmare under Labour? Absolutely.
Quite. But, Tom being a party political animal, can't resist getting such a dig in.
We live in a democracy, and just because those - including my anonymous benefactor - who get excited about such things are unhappy that Labour is in power, that does not make us anything other than a democracy.
You total fuckwit. As you will see, come the fifth of November, every single MP will be receiving one fo these, irrespective of party. You are all as bad as each other, and we who can think for ourselves loathe the lot of you.
Yes, we live in a democracy (and why is that a virtue, precisely?) but as I have stated many times before, you represented yourselves to us falsely.
I need to sleep: I shall address this lying slag's crap more fully in the morning...