Matt and I have always wanted to sign the Euston Manifesto, but have been critical of certain areas where we weren’t entirely satisfied.
I can sympathise; as soon as I was born, the first coherent thought that entered my little round head was that I too must sign: it was my destiny.
[The audience] wanted specifics, plans and calls for action, as did we. This, unfortunately, caused some unease amongst the rest of the panel. Geras, to give one example, should have been able to speak for all when he said he opposed the extradition to torture, but did not feel entirely comfortable to do so.
After all, where will the Eustonites' gulags be built if they actively condemn torture, eh?
This is a shame - if the principles of the Manifesto are so self-evident why not be more definitive?
If the principles are "self-evident" then why do you need the Eustonites to describe them to you at all? Why, indeed, would the Eustonites need to articulate principles that are "self-evident"? And if one practice is self-evidently wrong, then surely it is torture: why were they unable to roundly condemn this practice?
The feminist question was also a good one – why not elaborate on the rather foggy concept of human rights, and apply it directly to social groups?
Eh? I don't know what the feminist question was: perhaps it's self-evident, but I've already written before that the concept of human rights is a load of horseshit. Only a being higher than ourselves can confer "rights" on the whole of humanity and, unless you believe in a god (which I don't), that is not going to happen any time soon.
I prefer to tak about freedom and liberty; I am free to do anything that I choose provided that it is within the constraints of the law; I neither need nor want laws to tell me what I can do. The whole human rights thing is absolute a stinking pile of dung. We can sit here bleating about humans rights all we like, but I don't see anyone doing fuck all about the deeply unpleasant things being inflicted, by governments on their people, the world over. It's just hot air, empty words.
I didn’t speak to anybody at the event who was not broadly a Labour supporter. I didn’t hear any policies that would contradict traditional Labour Party values.
Well, that is a surprise. Mind you, Labour Party "values" and Labour Party actions are pretty fucking unrelated to each other anyway. It's pretty difficult to espouse security of property whilst being in favour of wealth redistribution and still keep a straight face, I find.
Blair’s speech on UN reform is a start, but given the hole in the PLP, the impotency of the Lib Dems and the intellectual superficiality of Cameron, there is no-one to actually pressure him into matching his words with actions.
Ah, I see; Blair has to be forced into matching his rhetoric with actions and the only reason that he hasn't saved the world is because the Lib Dems are crap and the Tories are facile. Gosh! I was really starting to wonder about that.
Both Matt and I signed the Euston Manifesto this morning. We look forward to getting more involved.
And we'll look forward to you reports with the greatest