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New Labour cracking the whip

New Labour cracking the whip over extreme porn « Harpymarx.

The relentless invasion of our private life by this government continues. Labour knows no ethical limits to state power, because it believes the state itself  to be an ethical force. Its simple minded equation is that "more government = more virtue." You don't have to share the classical liberal view of the state as a necessary evil to realise that this is dangerously naieve.

Harpymarx (a new blogger to me, found through the current Britblog Roundup) goes into detail in the linked post about the government's new measures against pornography. The dangers of these are multiplied when you connect the dots with other legislative innovations. This particular proposed new crime is based on "possession" of pornographic images. I am sorry to shock my more delicate readers but all "possession" offences are subject to the risk that the offending material will be "planted."

Am I alone in fearing that police powers to hack into our computers will ensure a 100% conviction rate of the state's enemies? If they have access to our hard drives, they can place there whatever illegal images or documents they please. Since Labour's voters (and not a few from other parties) share their simplistic faith in the essential goodness of all who take the Queen's shilling, where are we then?

Be polite to any policemen you know. You might like to start considering donations to police charities and little gifts at Christmas etc. If you have any friends who grew up in a former Warsaw Pact country, ask their advice on how to maintain a friendly relationship with law enforcement officials of an all-powerful state. Your days of insisting on what few of your rights remain may soon be over.

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