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Double double standards

by Rohin on 12th November, 2005 at 3:52 pm    

Hearty apologies if this is not up to my usual like, eloquent-ish prose yeah, but it’s a bit of a drive-by posting.

Government double standards: Take 1
October 2005: So, two Brits and an Aussie are caught on an island of disputed ownership. The middle-aged couple and their antipodean friend are arrested by some Iranian nasties and carted off to be subjected to “mental torture”. Those bastard Iranians! They held them for 14 days without charge. Mr & Mrs Wise and friend were kept hostage in a five star Tehran Hotel and not informed as to why they had been detained. Jack Straw said “it has been distressing” and British politicians are outraged. The foreign office said “relations with Iran have been soured“.

October 2006: Two Iranians and their Aussie friend are caught loitering at Liverpool Street Station. The young couple and their antipodean friend are arrested by some heroic British police and kindly escorted to spend 28 (90, anyone?) days without charge at one of her Her Majesty’s five star jails and not informed why they have been detained. Those Labour cronies wonderful law-upholders!

Government double standards: Take 2
September 2005: “24 hour drinking is going to be a baaaad idea dude” says PC Plod, important policeman. “Ah up yours, you didn’t even go to university!” says Tony Blair. He goes ahead with round-the-clock drinking - but makes sure that no food will be served (as people will be smoking there) so that everyone will get drunk even faster and PC Plod’s work will increase threefold.

November 2005: “Ninety days is going to be a grrrreat idea dude!” says PC Plod, important policeman. “We should all value and listen to our police force’s opinion, after all - they are the front line in the war against terror and highly trained and valuable and stuff” says Tony Blair. He goes ahead and encourages them to lobby as many MPs as they can in exchange for New Labour doughnuts and fried dumplings from his new friend Hu Jintao.

OK, me facetious. But really the only thing I’ve neglected to mention is the fact that the detained trio in Iran were denied contact with friends, family or their embassy for several days, which is unacceptable. But the timing of the Brits being held in Iran and its coincidence with the TERROR bill cock-up struck me as pure comedy.

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  1. Sunny — on 12th November, 2005 at 4:33 pm  

    It’s funny how Tony Blair was using the police to push his case this time but conveniently ignored their advice on the drinking laws.

  2. Eric — on 12th November, 2005 at 9:52 pm  

    You’ve also neglected to notice the difference between the states involved.

  3. j0nz — on 12th November, 2005 at 10:23 pm  

    Eric, stop being such a biggoted Islamophobic muslim hater… Oh you were just pointing out that Iran is a an imposed mullocracy? Even worse…

  4. Al-Hack — on 13th November, 2005 at 3:19 am  

    Isn’t that the whole point? The UK behaving like Iran.

  5. Rohin — on 13th November, 2005 at 11:59 am  

    That’s right Al-Hack - I’m not saying Iran is a lovely place, I’m just saying that the UK is rightly complaining about detention without charge, but at the same time demanding the very same thing. I’m no fan of Iran.

  6. pregethwr — on 14th November, 2005 at 11:31 am  

    The police initially supported 24-hour dinking, and are not really opposing it now.

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