Working my way through the Adam Curtis documentaries and the ones I’ve not seen are as fantastic as I’d have guessed. The Trap is all about how personal freedom, or at least the modern American interpretation of it was developed during the cold war and is completely intertwined with suspicion of other countries, other people and our friends and family. So the promotion of personal freedom actually leading to less personal freedom.
Just like how anti-terrorism measures to protect us actually seem to involve stripping us of everything we were trying to protect in the first place. So it was with some trepidation that I turned to the news to see how Theresa May’s much hyped announcement about scrapping control orders turned out. Sure enough the devil is in the details.
Good news everybody! Control orders are scrapped and are to be replaced by
control orders Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures. Which are a completely different concept altogether since they are much more “flexible” and will only have a curfew of 8-10 hours. Which has missed the real reason why everyone wanted them scrapped so well there isn’t an metaphor to cover it. The problem is in the fundamental idea that someone who hasn’t been proved guilty of anything can be punished and denied their liberty. That they are now denying someone’s liberty just slightly less than they were before (which was slightly less than the amount which would constitute a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights) isn’t progress.
Also people can now only be held without charge for two weeks instead of four. That’s the Coalition: slightly less crap than Labour on civil rights. They should put that in their manifestos next year. Although then they’d probably be obliged to break that promise so not one of my better ideas.