Thought Crime

Bare days after the largely unpredicted and hugely unsatisfactory election outcome, this quote:

“For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone’.”

I’m sure it has a specific context, but it is a soundbite and soundbites are always finessed for accuracy and impact before being released into the world (by MiniTrue?). In the face of the imminent culling of the Human Rights Act this is a frightening statement of intent. All you law-abiding folk have got away with it for too long, and we’re coming for you even if you don’t break any laws. You can’t over-analyse this quote; it’s simply 1984-esque.

No time for love if they come in the morning,
No time to show tears or for fears in the morning,
No time for goodbye, no time to ask why,
And the wail of the siren is the cry of the morning.


2 responses to “Thought Crime”

  1. Definitely scary! No longer will we be able to rely on the law to tell us what we’re allowed to do, we’ll have to second guess what the government (or a select few of them) will arbitrarily find acceptable on that particular day. Seems to be to be setting out to fundamentally undermine the rule of law to me.


  2. Yes, this and the culling of the Human Rights Act are Orwellian-ly terrifying… as is the prospect of this government being in power for another five years. It is difficult not to despair.


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