The government is to introduce secret court hearings using secret evidence whilst cutting criminal legal aid in an attempt to protect the government from being held to account, all under the guise of “national security” and the need to save money.
For those with a knowledge of history, the similarity of these latest measures with the manner in which Hitler grew to having ultimate power over Germany’s citizens whilst ensuring government power could not be limited, will be obvious.
To those who do not recognize the similarity, we strongly advise you obtain a good history book and read it – twice.
No money in the government coffers, national security and the protection of children were all used by the Nazis as justification for the erosion of freedoms and civil liberty, the incarceration of trouble makers and social outcasts, longer prison sentences for criminals, cutting immigration and eventually, the building of concentration camps.
We may not have concentration camps yet in this country (they were a British invention by the way, not German) but we do have detention centres and the government has plans to build more.
Two years ago, TheOpinionSite.org warned that these new measures, all designed to give the government more power, would be introduced and now, they have been.
To be clear, these are real measures being put through Parliament right now, the first being the Justice and Security Bill – a euphemism for more state control – which allows for secret courts and which was slavishly supported by MPs yesterday.
The country’s most senior judge Lord Neuberger, president of the Supreme Court, is critical of the measures. He said:
“Anybody interested in justice and democracy will be very troubled by any legislation which involves having hearings which are closed in the sense of not open to the public because the public should see what’s going on, and possibly even more concerned about cases where one party cannot see the evidence which the other party is showing to the judge.”
One must also ask that if evidence is to be hidden from one of the parties in civil cases, how long before the same measure is introduced in criminal trials? Terrorism cases are already subject to secrecy in some cases.
The government says it is all about saving money and not an assault on freedom. At present, it says, sensitive intelligence cannot be produced in court – (often for fear of upsetting the Americans but the government does not want to say so) – and the government ends up giving in and paying millions of pounds in compensation.
That argument however falls flat in the light of today’s announcement by Grayling that legal aid is to be cut in criminal trials. Justice will not take place at all if a defendant cannot obtain a decent defence lawyer.
Some have suggested that the Justice Secretary would have looked quite at home in an SS uniform. We pass no opinion on that particular view but cannot help but compare Mr Grayling’s measures with those of the Third Reich as they are factually similar.
Nor are we unaware of the propaganda so often put out by Theresa May and the lobby groups (sorry! – we meant “charities”) that support her as she spews her ambition-driven bile all over the front page of the Sun and the Daily Mail, desperately trying to get us all to believe that we are in mortal and constant danger from immigrants, Muslims and child molesters – which by the way, we are not.
One might possibly believe that Theresa May has learnt well from Dr Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister for Propaganda, just as Tony Blair appears to have done.
British justice is based on the principle of ‘open justice’. In other words, justice must not only be done but be seen to be done. Both the new measures outlined above destroy that principle. Both measures ultimately give all the power to the state and take power away from the citizen.
Regrettably however, the fault lies with adult British citizens themselves. They have been more concerned with ‘The X Factor’, Jimmy Savile, football and banker’s bonuses than with what is happening in Parliament and the introduction of measures that will affect everyone – including themselves and their children.
Lessons have not been learned after the massive power-grab undertaken by Tony Blair; lessons have not been learned from the appalling IPP sentence introduced by David Blunkett; lessons have not been learned from the constant growth of the ‘surveillance state’ which is now so beloved by the Home Secretary, Theresa May – and lessons have not been learned from history either.
Experience teaches us that if nations do not learn from history, history will repeat itself until they do.
Lord Neuberger says he is frightened that the Rule of Law may be lost when the new measures are introduced and that people “may take the law into their own hands.”
TheOpinionSite.org believes that Neuberger may have learned what others have not. Judges of his status and calibre do not make the comments he has made without considerable thought and prior consideration of the long-tem effects.
Politicians on the other hand are only capable of thinking short-term whilst more sensible people think of the long-term effects of legislation and the law of unintended consequences.
Some government MPs voted against the secret courts but were overwhelmed by the sycophants who are more interested in their own well-being rather than doing what is right for the citizens they supposedly represent.
It is a fact that it is highly unlikely that anyone in Parliament will ever be affected by the new measures.
It is hoped by those of us who love freedom that the House of Lords will come to the rescue of the majority of citizens who, for whatever reason, seem impotent when it comes to protecting themselves against the state. Citizens who insist on government doing everything for them and who have given away the power they once had to help themselves.
TheOpinionSite.org believes however that it is highly likely the new measures will become law, simply because everyone is noticing what is happening far too late in the day.
The broadcasters and the press, like most British citizens, have been far too interested in Jimmy Savile, the NHS and the queen to notice what has been happening with the Justice and Security Bill.
The situation is made worse by the fact that individuals in Britain are not taught the Law or Constitution in school, they are not brought up to have an interest in the one thing that is guaranteed to affect their lives – politics – and they are not encouraged by parents to think for themselves, most parents being far too protective towards their children instead of encouraging kids to learn to deal with problems that may be encountered in daily life.
What is more, successive British governments have engineered this situation. It has not come about by coincidence or accident and British people have allowed it to develop.
Just like the Germans in the mid-1930s, the citizens of Britain will do nothing, say nothing and ignore what is happening until one day they awaken to the sound of tanks rolling down the road and find troops on every street corner.
Freedom will at that point be lost forever, if indeed that is not the case already.
It is the right of every voter in Britain (at present anyway) to contact their MP; yet hardly any MPs have received representation over these latest measures that are sapping the freedom of citizens. Whether people do now contact their representatives in Parliament having read this article is of course entirely a matter for them. It is also their right not to contact their MP if they choose not to.
Nevertheless, TheOpinionSite.org would argue that to do nothing is to allow the government to seize power over the citizen in a manner that is truly terrifying. If the politicians are not prepared to stand up and be counted then all is lost already but, if they are prepared to listen to the fears of their constituents, it may not be too late if the constituents themselves are prepared to make those concerns clear.
Edmund Burke, the great Irish philosopher and orator once famously said that “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Unfortunately, the British seem to be rather good at ‘doing nothing’ where their freedom is concerned; something that may eventually result in the state having complete control of their lives, their freedoms, their ambitions…and their children.
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