The Conservative government’s proposed new ‘counter-terrorism’ law demonstrates the staggering hypocrisy of a political party that claims to support and defend British values but which is actually engaged in an ideological war against long-established British values — freedom of speech, the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair trial, and the right to be left alone by the state if you are a law abiding citizen.
Cameron claimed that the UK has been a ‘’passively tolerant society for too long, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone”.
This is an extraordinary declaration. It is actually an acknowledgement that those whom Cameron intends to target with the new law have committed no crime under the existing legal system.
“This government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach. As the party of one nation, we will govern as one nation and bring our country together. That means actively promoting certain values. Freedom of speech. Freedom of worship. Democracy. The rule of law. Equal rights regardless of race, gender or sexuality,” Cameron proclaimed.
Cameron’s reference to “one nation” is especially sinister. It suggests that anyone challenging the political interests of the British ruling class, or championing the rights and interests of the working class, will be targeted for surveillance and repression.
Though presented officially as an anti-terrorism bill, the proposed measures could, and no doubt would be used against any popular opposition to the government’s policies of ideological austerity at home and aggressive militarism abroad.