Sunday, June 15, 2008

42-Days uproar and thoughts on political courage form the USA 

An uS commentator thinks we are doig ratehr well fighting for our civil liberties in contrast to the supine attitude of many opposition Democrats in Congress.

The Glenn Greenwald 'SALON' column says:

"The sacrifices now being made by British politicians of all parties in opposition to expanded government detention and surveillance powers is, with a few noble exceptions, exactly what our political elite in the Bush era have been -- and still are -- too afraid or too craven to undertake."

Greenwald notes that Labour MP Bob Marshall Andrews

is now defying his own party leadership in order to support Davis' re-election bid, an extraordinary step for a Labour MP to take, given that Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown is the prime force demanding more government power

And on our own situation

Even more strikingly, Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, has announced that his party will not even contest Davis' re-election, preferring instead to support the Tory MP's defense of civil liberties even though it means sacrificing an opportunity to have his party take over Davis' seat.

(Greenwald's emphasis)

The contrast is with Congressional Democrats craven capitulations to White house pressure
to legalise spying on US citizens without a warrant.

So some people think Nick has got this right...

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