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(en) UK, Class War Issue 86 - Editorial - Far From Civil & Quotes

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Date Thu, 25 Mar 2004 10:56:02 +0100 (CET)


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The UK is currently waging war in Iraq to bring "peace". Operations
continue in Afghanistan, whilst speculation mounts that Iran, North
Korea or Syria will be next. Wherever Bush leads, Blair will follow.
Oddly however this drive for peace requires ever more oppressive
legislation and the control and monitoring of UK citizens. We discuss
some of these, and the fight back they provoke, in this issue. The
mother of all legislation is wrapped up in the Civil Contingencies Bill.

Some of the highlights of this include:

* The banning of the movement of people and vehicles in an area,
* Evacuation orders for an area,
* The seizure, confiscation or destruction of property, with or without compensation,
* Destruction of animal or plant life, with or without compensation,
* Ban of "assemblies of specified kinds, at specified places or atspecified times",
* Shutting down phone lines and websites,
* Arresting people who fail to co-operate with the emergency powers

Hilariously opposition to the Act from politicians seems to centre
on the fact that it could turn Britain into a republic (horror of
horrors) as the Queen would be superseded by the government.
As of course would all citizens, but we are used to that by now.
Opposing what is supposed to be emergency legislation may not
seem like a priority. But it is better to oppose this act now, rather
than when it is too late. The war on ?terrorism?, increased
domestic surveillance , ID cards, and the moves for a policeman
on every corner are all part of the governments strategy. Wherever
it is heading, it is certainly not towards peace.

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Quotes

According to Michael Stone , Adair was nicknamed "Willy
Watcher" by the other prisoners because he was always looking to
see how well endowed they were in the communal showers?
An interesting insight into the prison activities of Johnny Adair,
from David Lister and Hugh Jordan?s ?Mad Dog ? The Rise and
Fall of Johnny Adair and C Company.

Each time you use a (loyalty) card you are handing over personal
data, which can then be sold on to other businesses. That?s a
gross invasion of privacy. There?s no justification for
supermarkets having that information. Frankly is like having a
barcode stamped on your backside.?
Peter Looby, quoted in The Sunday Telegraph of 4th January
2004. Mr Looby has sold over 500 T shirts with the slogan ?No I
have?nt got a fucking loyalty card?

Mr Williams claimed that two of the party's canvassers, a
68-year-old man and a 72-year-old woman, had almost been
beaten up by an angry Dorking resident as they took leaflets round
the town recently.
"I thought Dorking was a nice place," he said. But they got set
upon by some young thugs.?
BNP spokesman Steven Williams in the Dorking and Leatherhead
Advertiser, 25th December 2003. Sorry Steve, but what do you
expect?

There are nasty people out there and there is no guarantee that
because we are Great Britain none of them will ever, ever come to
power?
Lord Justice Judge, quoted in The Evening Standard, 7th January
2004. Has he honestly found someone nastier than David
Blunkett?

Increased global trade was supposed to lead to better jobs and
higher standards of living. The assumption was that while
lower-skilled jobs would be done elsewhere, it would allow
Americans to focus on higher-skilled, higher paying
opportunities?
Illinois Republican congressman Donald Manzullo, complaining
that many professionals in his state are now beginning to lose their
jobs as their companies use graduates in the developing world.
That?s capitalism for you Donald!




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