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After G8 and the London bombings - the way forward

London terror attacks condemned

After Live 8:
from pressure to action

The G8 summit and political power

Make the G8 leaders history

A sham election

10 good reasons to boycott May 5

Don't be blackmailed into voting

Reject ‘dependency’ politics

No votes for New Labour!

Parliament seals its own fate

A secret policeman's government

Vote for "none of the above"

How to remember the victims of the tsunami

A state of crisis

New Labour and the big lie

Yasser Arafat - a revolutionary life

After the US election

Blood on New Labour's hands

Butler and weapons of mass deception

With 'leaders' like these, who needs enemies?

How to meet the threat from the right

Barbarians at the gate

Torture, values and lies

The silence of the lambs

War crimes in Iraq

The slaughter in Madrid

The unfinished business of the miners’ strike 1984-85

L’état – c’est New Labour

The death of liberal democracy foretold

Hutton washes the state whiter than white

Top-up fees and the market economy

Our challenge for 2004

New Labour's march to a police state

Bush & Blair - partners in crime

London Region revolts against FBU leaders

Postal workers in the front line

No turning back

Where we go from here

Stop the War Coalition leaders and political fabrication

Regime change begins at home

Blood on New Labour's hands

There's more involved than just Blair

New Labour, lies and spies

Firefighters should reject deal and disown leaders

BECTU vote on New Labour link a step forward

Time runs out for FBU leaders

New Labour's one-party state

The blind alley of crude anti-Americanism

Occupation of Iraq - time to move beyond protest

War is a test for principles

Iraqi defiance shocks and awes

FBU leaders who backed capitulation should resign now

Down with New Labour's war - for regime change in Britain

FBU at war with New Labour

New Labour, not just Blair, is the target

50 years since the death of Stalin - an assessment

FBU finds itself in Precott's trap

War is Peace - Blair's fictitious 'push for peace'

15/2: Global marches put power on the agenda

Crisis of globalisation behind attack on Iraq

Tell it how it is

An injury to one is an injury to all

War plans expose fraudulent 'democracy'

A 'regime change' in Britain is the answer to war on Iraq

FBU needs a new strategy

Challenging New Labour

A moment of truth in the fight against New Labour

Gilchrist says it how it is

Time to defy the anti-union laws in support of the FBU

FBU must ask for solidarity strikes

FBU leaders must ask for support now

New Labour provokes confrontation

Italian police attack No-Global movement

New Labour declares war on FBU

Don't let the FBU fight alone

UN writes a blank cheque for war

Blood on Putin's hands

Unions must support firefighters with action not words

Support the firefighters - defeat New Labour

Bush-Blair war agenda revealed

Seeing through New Labour's weapons of mass deception

The US media and the new garrison state

The BEGINNING of Politics

How technology could
free humanity

'Terminator' engineering: A threat to humanity

The future is socialist

Asylum legislation fuels racist attacks

Road map to the future

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A secret policeman's government

The rule of law means nothing to the New Labour government. Iraq was invaded against norms of international law. Foreign nationals were locked up indefinitely without trial or charge. Now that the courts have declared that illegal, the state intends to place people under house arrest - also without trial, evidence or charges.

The Home Secretary - or perhaps we should call him the interior minister, a more sinister title that fits the bill - Charles Clarke says the new laws to be rushed through parliament will also apply to British citizens. People will be placed under house arrest and forbidden to use a mobile or emails on the say-so of the "security service", a euphemism for the secret police who spy on what we do. There will be no limit to how long this detention could continue.

This is dictatorship by another name. Clarke's proposed laws will extend to British citizens and can include all those whose activities are deemed a "threat to national security". This blanket description could cover individuals or groups of people who challenge the established authorities. Any association, from animal rights and environmental groups to political organisations dedicated to mobilising people against state oppression, could be a target.

An example of the "quality" of the evidence that will be used was given by Ian Macdonald QC, who resigned as a special advocate - a barrister appointed by the government to represent detainees. He said: "House arrest is detention by another name. It would require a derogation [from human rights legislation]. That raises the question of how long is an emergency. Why is it that no other country which faces the same threat has done the same sort of thing?"

He criticised the "reasonable grounds to suspect" threshold and said those placed under an order - like the detainees at present - would have no right to know the evidence against them and therefore no means of challenging it. "Take the Tipton Three who were supposed to have met Bin Laden in a camp on such-and-such a date," he said. "It turned out that on that date they were all in Tipton and one of them was working on the checkout in Currys. Under this procedure they wouldn't get the information and the guy wouldn't know that it's ever been suggested he's been to some camp. Yet it would be there and he wouldn't be able to contest it."

Who will protect us from this latest in a line of sinister attacks on our democratic rights? Certainly not parliament. Apart from a few dissident MPs, all three major parties are lining up to support Clarke's proposals. New Labour is a dictatorial regime. It rests on MI5 and MI6, the so-called intelligence agencies who helped to justify the invasion of Iraq with their half-baked "evidence" about weapons of mass destruction. Just like the alleged activities of the Tipton Three, this was a figment of fertile imaginations.

We are justified in describing the government as an illegal regime, which has no respect for the rule of law. New Labour is a secret policeman's government presiding over an authoritarian state which is destroying civil liberties and democratic rights. Only the power of ordinary people can halt this slide to dictatorship. It is time for "velvet revolutions" to move from Eastern to Western Europe and particularly to Britain.

Movement for a Socialist Future
27 January 2005