Patrick Mercer, the Tory Homeland Security spokesman, said last night: “This is a victory for terrorists. These people on the flight have been terrorised into behaving irrationally.
“For those unfortunate two men to be victimised because of the colour of their skin is just nonsense.”
Nonsense, yes, but not surprising. News of Mutiny on Flight 613 is a state of affairs our government has not helped by constantly screaming about ‘criticial alert’ and ‘imminent danger’ and all sorts of other paranoid language past any point of reasonable restaint.
Phrases valiantly used after 7/7 – “We are not afraid” or “Fuck you Osama I’m going by London Transport” ring hollow now. Labour is intent on breaking the people’s spirit and make them into paranoid freaks. As Guido points out:
Depressingly most people support even more authoritarian policies including extending detention without trial, softened into compliance as day after day the news media and the government project the sense of a nation under continuous attack. During these days of heightened terror alerts it is probably not popular to recommend reading Karl Popper’s The Open Society and Its Enemies, but it is certainly the right time to remember what we are fighting to defend.
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