Oh dear, and it was looking so promising too. The latest on LibertyCentral:
Anyway, Anyone But Labour is crystalising…
No, no, no. I’m not voting for, say, Robert Kilroy-Silk ahead of Labour. I wouldn’t vote either for the Tory Sir George “Brian Haw is helping the terrorists” Young, nor dictators’ friend George Galloway. It’s not a case of being against any one party, or even against just the current government. It should be a cause of being for liberty, for the freedom to protest in Westminster, the freedom from detention without trial, freedom from being stopped and searched in a Tube station because the police think you look funny (i.e. not white), the right to go about your life without having your movements logged by a centralised register of identity, the right to not have your DNA kept on record despite you being innocent of any crime, the right to demand it’s an elected Parliament and not the executive to make laws.
The easiest conjuring trick of them all is to create threatening figureheads who “threaten” our way of life – to single out particular figures as evil and nefarious because of their facial hair, military garb or prosthetic hooks, to make them into easily-demonised figures. It’s cheap, it’s quick and it bypasses any intelligent treatment of the subject, it discards more complex notions of what we are for, in favour of who we are against. It’s the political equivalent of an anti-paedo witch-hunt – it’s how the current war on terror is being fought by the UK and US governments, and the pro-civil liberty rush in the blogosphere is surging the same way in the way it’s tarring the Labour Party. Yes, the current Blair government is passing all manner of illiberal laws, but they’re not the only part of the political spectrum keen on doing so. Just as the nascent pro-liberty movement is broad-based and across political wings, so is the cause of those who push for stricter laws. Tony Blair might be a Labour MP but so are Bob Marshall-Andrews and Jeremy Corbyn.
As a result, I’ve altered my earlier musings on voting Tory (or whoever) to turf Labour out of power; it’s no good throwing out the good MPs with the bad. The issues being debated are too important to reduce to typical party politics – we should be voting for pro-civil liberty MPs and councillors and kick out those who are against, whether they be Labour or Tory, Lib Dem or Monster Raving Loony. Puffing on about “Anyone But Labour” doesn’t just risk missing the right target, but also risk failing to engage an electorate who will see it as just another partisan stunt, rather than the very real issues it is trying to tackle.