Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

Blunkett – the aftermath

Manic at Bloggerheads reads the Sun so I don’t have to. Today’s topless lovely is sad to see Blunkett go. Poor love.

Meanwhile, DoctorVee has a round-up of last night’s immediate responses from the Bloggosphere – sadly including mine before I noticed that in cutting and pasting I’d lopped off the end of a sentence – something Blunkett would never do (boom boom!).

However, initial hopes of an end to the ID card madness have been shattered. I sort of knew that they’d still go ahead with it, but still… I rather hoped some sense would be seen.

Then again, Charles Clarke is the man who, as Education Secretary, seemed to miss the entire point of higher education when he said “I don’t mind there being some medievalists around for ornamental purposes, but there is no reason for the state to pay for them”.

Coming soon from Home Secretary Clarke: “I don’t mind there being some civil liberties around for ornamental purposes, but there is no reason for the state to protect them”.

On the day that the Law Lords are due to rule whether the government’s suspension of habeas corpus for “terror suspects” at Wandsworth prison (dubbed “Britain’s Guantanamo”) is actually legal, Blair hardly looks like he’s trying to appease those of his critics who see the growing power of the state to keep tabs on its citizens and imprison them at will as a move towards a police state.

But hey – it’s the terrorists who hate freedom, right?