(Author's note - I am not 'The Devil's Kitchen).
And so the historic British nation has come to this.
Less than a week after activists for a perfectly legal political party were arrested for distributing material, a senior member of the opposition has also been arrested, and his homes and offices raided, for daring to perform his role within our constitution.
This stinks like a barrel of fish. We are told that Boris Johnson knew it was coming, but Gordon Brown apparently did not. Why the Mayor of London would know about what is presumably an operational policing matter is anyone's guess. Operational policing matters always used to be beyond the purview of politicians; apparently not any more. The arrest was made on Sir Ian Blair's last day in command of the Metropolitan Police; I use the verb 'command' quite loosely. The complaint upon which the arrest was based apparently came from the Cabinet Office. Hopefully the complainers will have the courage of their convictions, and be willing to stand in the witness box; it would be interesting to know if it was instigated by a Labour appointed political adviser.
Nine anti-terrorist police were involved in the arrest. That the terrorism, or 'militancy', of recent years has originated almost exclusively from immigrants and their descendants is well-known, and if it's not it should be; this might be the first time where criticising immigration policy, or the lack thereof, might also be considered terrorism.
I am not a Tory; but I find myself personally frightened by what happened to Damian Green. Let's face it, they guy was doing his job - these charges can only be politically motivated, trumped up in order to quash debate. But if the authorities in command of both the formation and execution of policy can do this to him, what can they do to me? He's an MP who criticises immigration policy; I'm a nobody blogger who's done the same. For the first time in my life, I find myself asking - is my name on the list?
This arrest is actually quite an achievement. It has taken three generations of gutless politicians and five generations of stupid left-wing intellectuals to get us where we are. It is the fruit of the constant promotion of alien ideologies' virtues, and of many hands, some vocal, many more silent, having worked to make our functioning society into a defective and corrupt one like those they most admire. This been abetted by those gutless politicians' and stupid left-wing intellectuals' abuse of the British culture of mutual tolerance and reasonableness; we were always willing to listen to what they had to say, even when, like lunatics, there was no reasoning with them. For a century, those in command of British policy have not appreciated what has been in front of their noses. So well done, you gutless politicians and stupid left-wing intellectuals; you have your wish. Let us hope it isn't long before you too are purged like Damian Green.
This arrest is not 'Stalinesque' as David Cameron has said; it is Stalinist.