Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Why is Labour's attack on civil liberties a non-issue in this campaign?

The Tories and Lib Dems have inexplicably failed to challenge Labour over its curtailment of our freedoms

At the beginning of the campaign a vote for Clegg was disparaged as a vote for Labour; then it was condemned as a vote for the Tories; now it's returned to being a vote for Labour again. One way or another the Lib-Dems are going to be condemned for infidelity after the election, which is why it is essential they remain true to their beliefs during and after the campaign.

What is worrying is the chill that has descended on civil liberties, as though freedom was some minority issue for eccentrics, rather than the oxygen of democracy. The failure of the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats to raise the attack on liberties by the Labour party and so signal its vital importance to the electorate is one of the more depressing aspects of the last few weeks. Read more...


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