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Britain Abandons Identity Card Scheme

British Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced the government would not implement a trial plan to compel workers at Manchester Airport and London City airport to carry ID cards regardless of their desire for such a form of identification. He also made clear there would not be any attempt by the current British government to compel citizens of the nation to wear any form of identify card. “Holding an identity card should be a personal choice for British citizens– just as it is for a passport.” Johnson said if any future British government should implement such a program it would be best be the result of legislation voted in Parliament rather than a decision by a prime minister.

Mr. Johnson indicated he might be willing to give those over the age of 75 an Identity Card. As a 78 year old, I find this last suggestion rather insulting. Believe it or not, Mr. Johnson, those of us over the age of 75 actually know our names, addresses and phone numbers. I suggest if anyone needs an identity card it would be members of Parliament.

Jacqui Smith Porned Out Of Job By Hubby’s Viewing

The Great British Parliament Expense Account Debacle led to another resignation from the government over how those in Parliament charge the nation for their daily expenses. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has been on the hot seat for weeks when it was disclosed she asked for payment for her husband’s watching of porno films and she claimed her sister’s home as her main residence. The silly season is upon the island kingdom and one after another of members of Parliament have decided to live off their own income rather than that of the people of their nation. Ms. Smith was the youngest Home Secretary since Winston Churchill a hundred years ago, but her tenure was marked by several fiascos. She attempted to get a 42 day detention policy and angered many by ignoring recommendations by scientists on policy for cannabis.

In a sense, Jacqui Smith is simply a symptom of the downfall of the British Labor Party which historically stood for the rights of working people, the oppressed and assistance to those in need of a place of refuge. Jacqui Smith has transformed the policy of asylum into one in which individuals are returned to torture or death rather than being given refuge in England.

British Politician Challenges Drug Law Changes

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett has criticised a government plan to take a tougher line on cannais and claims the revrsal of his decision to downgrade the drug to a class C status would send mixed legal signals. “Rather than affecting practice on the ground, classifying cannabis back to class B would simply cause confusion.” Plunkett believes classifying cannabis as class C “is a much more honest approach, both politically and in terms of how the drug is policed” and to do so will only increase problems in controlling its use. The current Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, is pushing for upgrading the drug to class B and, apparently taking a more aggressive policing stance on curbing its use.

Ms. Smith admits having used cannabis in her youth but insists there is evidence of a connection between mental illness and cannabis. Apparently, using cannabis did not impact the mental health of the Home Secretary, but she believes it will hurt other users. The history of wars on drugs is they invariably result in growing wealth and power to drug lords, regardless of how many police are sent into combat against them. What exactly does Ms. Smith believe is going to happen if cannabis is treated as a more serious drug? Is the solution more police action? Or, is it preventive actions?

British Partliamentar Rebellion Against Suspect Detention Time

MPs belonging to all political parties in the British Parliament rose in anger at proposals from the government to double the time terror suspects can be held without charges being levied against them. There are fears the government may well expand the number of suspects twelvefold in the coming decade. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith insisted: “There is a clear trend of growing complexity, growing numbers of people involved, of international links, that make it at least likely that at some point, longer than 28 days may be necessary for police and other investigators to investigate, interview, sift the evidence, make the international links to be able to charge somebody.” She sprang a surprise on the MPs by placing into the proposed legislation authority for the police to use the new power in dealing with any criminal, not just terrorists. David Dawes of the Conservative Party argued the proposal, in effect, meant England was now in a “permanent, undeclared state of emergency” that could go on forever. Bob Marshall-Andrews of the Labor Party argued the government had so far failed to give “a single example, not one,” to justify the need for extending time to hold prisoners.

We live in the world of Bushmania in which governments can throw the word out of “terrorism” to justify any action against “suspects.” After all, someone who has been “detained” is not yet a convicted terrorist, they simply are a human who has been charged with a crime. If the history of the United States is cited, there are simply very few actual examples of “terrorists” being charged with crimes, let alone convicted.