Over recent weeks I have had a number of people, who admittedly aren’t the most politically active, say to me that for the first time they are actually beginning to feel something is seriously wrong with this country and the way it is being governed. As far as they and indeed many others of us are concerned this country is moving ever closer to totalitarianism, and films such as ‘V for Vandetta’ could well be seen as documentaries.
Whilst I do not believe Britains transition in to a totalitarian dictatorship can or willl be achieved in the next few years, I do believe that crucial precedents are being set which can be used and abused by future governments. Now I am all for defence of the realm. I am all for strong government. But the issue is where to draw the line. Labour fail to see this line and have crossed it on a number of occasions.
The detention of opposition MP’s, its desire to keep tabs on the people through national ID cards or DNA databases, the support of policies such as phone tapping and detention without charge and even their action in the banking crisis leads me and many others to believe that under this government we are heading for a totalitarian regime in the non too distant future. Many of you will be wondering how on earth the economic crisis highlights this governments interfering, totalitarian, bullying nature, well I shall attempt to tell you.
The government has been infuriated by the banks’ unwillingness to lend money readily (even though it was lending money too readily that got them into so much trouble in the first place), so what does the government do? They threaten to take them over. They use the language of moral outrage to justify the threat of nationalisation: the banks are behaving “selfishly” and “irresponsibly” by refusing to offer easier credit (even though it was also “selfish” and irresponsible” of them to offer credit that was too easy)
Such a nationalisation of the banking system constitues nothing less than the true Marxist dream of “seizing the commanding heights of the economy” and taking control of the means of production. And since financial services are now Britain’s most important industry, taking over the banks could be understood as achieving the chief communist goal of taking that vital “ownership of the means of production”.
But no one is going to put it quite like that. The language of all this is terribly important. The Labour stooges of course use the most attractive words, such as “fair” and “progressive” in which to package their repeated attacks on personal freedom and private responsibility. They take even more control of our lives under the guise of ‘national security’. This is where this government is dangerous. In its use of fluffy language to justify totalitarian acts. They are like the wolves in the sheeps colthing. I am fast coming to the conclusion that if we don’t win the next election this country is in serious trouble.
Heres a tip Gordon: Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four is a novel… not an instruction manual.