Monday, February 28, 2005

the betrayal of cherished beliefs

Labour MP Brian Sedgemore stood up in the House of Commons at the end of last week and began,

"As this will almost certainly be my last speech in Parliament, I shall try hard not to upset anyone. However, our debate here tonight is a grim reminder of how the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary are betraying some of Labour’s most cherished beliefs."

Sedgemore is standing down at the election. By the sounds of this speech, which I discovered over at Jack's Submit Response blog, he will be missed.

"Not content with tossing aside the ideas and ideals that inspire and inform ideology, they seem to be giving up on values too. Liberty, without which democracy has no meaning, and the rule of law, without which state power cannot be contained, look to Parliament for their protection, but this Parliament, sad to say, is failing the nation badly".

He finishes:

"It is a foul calumny that we do today. Not since the Act of Settlement 1701 has Parliament usurped the powers of the judiciary and allowed the Executive to lock up people without trial in times of peace. May the Government be damned for it."

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