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I’m not being ‘arrogant’ – I’m being responsible for our safety

Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

I have absolutely no doubt about the main duty of any prime minister: it is to do everything possible to protect the security of our nation and its citizens.

…there is no greater civil liberty than to live free from terrorist attack.

I couldn’t disagree with Tony Blair more. If we start making this the ‘greatest’ civil liberty, then the logical conclusion is surely to live in a police state. And a PM should certainly not do everything possible to protect its citizens: He should do only what is necessary and prudent, balancing the possibility of danger to citizens against the restrictions of freedom which must be imposed in order to protect them.

I find it very worring that we have a PM who wants to take all possible steps to protect the country, and it’s not a policy I could ever support.

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