As such, you can imagine my horror when my attention was directed towards this piece in The Times.
GORDON BROWN has set himself on a collision course with the legal establishment over plans to give civil servants and government agencies the power to remove people’s passports without going through the courts.
Senior legal figures, including two former attorney-generals and a lord chief justice, have expressed deep concern about preparations to adopt new powers to confiscate passports. They warn the government not to use reform of prerogative powers as an excuse to force through a “serious” curtailment of long-standing freedoms.
They have attacked proposals in the child maintenance bill, now going through Parliament, to allow civil servants to prevent errant fathers who refuse to support their children from travelling abroad.
No, no, in the name of fucking hell, get your sodding hands off our passports, you bastards. Look, what is it about Brown that he thinks that laws and long-standing liberties don't apply to his plans? And why, in the name of fuck, would you give those useless fuckers at the CSA any authority to do anything?
But it is the British ex-pats who are particularly worried, especially Tom Paine.
Anyone who has contact with Britain's officials knows that they revel in their new status under New Labour. Whereas, as a young man, I could - and one one occasion did - tell a policemen to get lost when he exceeded his powers, I would never do so now. At the borders, there are signs warning against "verbal assault" on the minions of the State; many of whom are in dire need of being put in their place as public servants.
My livelihood is outside Britain's borders. After Russia, I shall probably work in China or India or the United States. Though I remit profits home to be taxed, I have no vote in Britain because I have been away 15 years. I would be afraid to return if officialdom could remove my right to earn a living at whim. That right is fundamental enough to require the protection of the courts.
"Be you never so high," Mr Brown, "the law is above you." Or ought to be. My freedom of movement and my right to earn a living should not be jeopardised other than by decision of an independent court or (preferably) a jury of my peers. The Government is there to serve us, not boss us. It is time the voters of Britain made that clear. As I am disenfranchised, I would be very grateful if my fellow-citizens would do so on my behalf.
We shall do our very best, Tom. Unfortunately, I do not think that the next lot will be any better. As such, maybe Guthrum has the answer.
One of my few achievements this year is being instrumental in the founding of the Libertarian Party in the UK, never has there been more need.