Monday, June 19, 2006

Oh looky! Labour have launched a new initiative. It's called "Let's ask leading questions" or something (via)

Question two is particularly noteworthy.
Does the criminal justice system provide the correct balance between the protection of civil liberties and the rights of the victims of crime?

The subtext, clearly, is that the rights of victims of crime can *only* be secured by giving up civil liberties. The question takes it as read; what is the "correct balance" between the two? This is disingenuous to put it mildly.

It's another classic use of the Blairite "no alternative" gambit cunningly disguised as a consultation exercise. It just doesn't get any more cynical than that.

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