Sunday, 9 October 2005

Freedom-loving Lords?!

Some peers from the House of Lords have rebuked the Labour government's plans to curb terrorism.
Lord Lloyd said: "It begins to look ... a little like internment.

"And it would certainly be seen that way by some ethnic minorities.

"Fancy being kept for three months without being charged. Being questioned notionally and not being charged.

"That is intolerable.

"By, in a sense, stirring up the fear, and then saying well this is what we're going to do about it by legislating here, there and everywhere, I think that's in a sense irresponsible."

Lord Lloyd may not be a libertarian, but I concur with his sentiments.

As a libertarian, I don't need to be told that government is force. Since government is force, the powers of government must be restricted, so force is minimised.

If we in the UK trade rights for security, we all lose. We also let the terrorists win. If Al Qaeda truly do "hate our freedom", then such moves by New Labour are a stepping stone to Islamists undermining Western values of liberty.

In a libertarian society, it is government's sole role to protect rights to the person and property. All must face proper due process, irrespective of the severity of the crime they've committed.

New Labour's thorough anti-liberalism is a great cause for concern. Slowly, the United Kingdom is becoming less and less free. As a libertarian, in good conscience I cannot possibly condone Labour's actions in this regard.