My article today on Comment is Free says that the Labour government is finally making sensible announcements on terrorism policy, now that Tony Blair has gone.
McNulty declared quite starkly that the (previous) government made a mistake by saying that “the rules of the game had changed”. We have to fight terrorism on the basis of rules and ideas we had built on over centuries, he added. “The new politics is the same as the old politics,” he said.
Consider the significance of what he said: it essentially goes against everything that underpinned Tony Blair’s philosophy. To Blair, 9/11 and 7/7 presented a new state of affairs and thus we had to apparently formulate an extraordinary response. In practice that meant little grumbling about GuantÃ¡namo Bay, extraordinary rendition, Belmarsh prison, waterboarding and not to mention the continual slew of anti-terrorism legislation.
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