One of the great irritants of the ongoing ‘war on terror’ is the regular appearance of conveniently-time briefings from ministers and (despicably) from senior police officers about the threat from terrorism. The latest example being particularly risible. I mean talk about figures just plucked from the air – fifty years? Of course one would hardly expect someone whose job depends on persuading us of the threat to say, “No need to panic, it’s all in hand – by the way this is where to send the P45″ would one?
You have to love the way so much of this depends on veiled references to ‘secret intelligence’, particularly when they bring up ‘plots which have been foiled’. Strange how these foiled plots never seem to lead to any arrests or prosecutions isn’t it? Add to this the ‘friend of a friend who knows someone in the Met’ rumours and we have a whole mass of people basically just making shit up. As an aside, how on earth do they keep getting away with references to the completely fictitious ‘ricin plot’.
Meanwhile Safety says, “We have to
hope expect the threat of terrorism to be with us for many years.”
At times it’s hard to think of a fate suitable for mendacious little creeps like these. Lying has just become a way of life for them – they’ve got away with it for so long, and they don’t seem to see a problem, because they believe they are lying in a good cause. So they continue to lie, invent and exaggerate because it’s all for our own good. I was brought up to believe (and have generally found) that honesty is the best policy. Obviously NuLab believe in saving the best till last.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.”
C. S. Lewis