Monday, January 16, 2006

Let Freedom Ring 

One opportunity offered by the Leadership Publicity it to get some strong common ground into the public attention. A thousand years of resistance to the arbitrary state is a tradition Liberals most be proud to continue.

In his speech today (Martin Luther King Day) former US vice-President Gore reviewed some of the great historic crisis in his country’s history and said:

“It is simply an insult to those who came before us and sacrificed so much on
our behalf to imply that we have more to be fearful of than they. Yet they
faithfully protected our freedoms and now it is up to us to do the same.”

And up to us too. To our LibDem leadership hopefuls, make this a powerful message in British terms please, perhaps put out as a joint statement by all the Leadership Candidates to emphasise how important it is to us as a party. I will certainly evaluate the candidates on the basis of how thet themselves approach this theme.

One of Gore’s points is certainly relevant to us:

“… we need to be aware of the advances in eavesdropping and surveillance
technologies with their capacity to sweep up and analyze enormous quantities of
information and to mine it for intelligence. This adds significant vulnerability
to the privacy and freedom of enormous numbers of innocent people at the same
time as the potential power of those technologies. These technologies have the
potential for shifting the balance of power between the apparatus of the state
and the freedom of the individual in ways both subtle and profound.”

The fight is never-ending.

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