Ian Tomlinson: no justice
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.
George Orwell, 1984
When the ConDems walked into government many, including me, thought that the worst excesses of the Thatcherite voodoo economics we were doomed to suffer might be offset a little by changes in our electoral model and improvements in civil liberties. We already know that the Tories will challenge electoral reform, and given today’s announcement that the officer who beat Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests last year got off without so much as a caution, it seems like civil liberties are taking a backseat. By letting a thug walk free without a day in court we can’t have much confidence in a party which supposedly prides itself on justice.
We’re being led by another bunch of sociopaths who couldn’t care less about civil liberties.
ConDem == New Labour
CPS chief Keir Starmer gave the police a get out of jail free card: beat someone up in plain view and you will still get off, even if the victim of your brutality dies shortly afterwards, and even if you’ve been videoed in the act.
And even if you you’ve been spotted committing a really big crime, like war crimes or crimes against humanity, here in the home of Magna Carta you can enjoy the protection of a government who thinks your visit to Harrods and tea with the Queen shouldn’t be interrupted by annoying trivialities like citizens’ arrest.
Our new government has made us the punchbags of police and the doormats of killers.
So much for the great reform.