Transcript and comments about Home Secretary David Blunkett's interview on the Jonathan Dimbleby Programme, broadcast on ITV 13:15. Sunday 21st November 2004
This interview with Home Secretary David Blunkett flies several important political kites ahead of the Queen's Speech on Tuesday 23rd November 2004, and the anticipated General Election probably in May 2005.
Unfortunately, just as with the old Soviet Kremlin, due to the heavy spin and public relations techniques which are such a feature of the New Labour government, one has to try to understand the code words and jargon which the Home Secretary uses. It is often what he does not say which is as important as his latest speeche or interview.
The extremely controversial plans for Biometric Compulsory ID Cards and a Centralised Database, are bad enough, and are opposed by the umbrella group the NO2ID campaign.
As yet, the other measures, which in our view, and that of many others, from all politicial parties, is that the Home Secretary David Blunkett and the Prime Minister Tony Blair, are shifting the delicate balance between authoritarian police surveillance state, and our traditional liberties and freedoms, allegedly in the name of Security, but also, very obviously, simply to try to outflank the Conservative and Liberal Democrat opposition parties, in the run up to the General Election.
The programme also has an interview with Sir Stephen Lander, the former Director General of MI5 the Security Service, and now the Chair of the soon to be established Serious Organised Crime Agency, SOCA, which, judging from our web server statistics, is a popular search term.
We have transcribed and commented on, this ITV TV interview, which should really have been made available as a written statement to Parliament, and therefore be freely searchable via world wide web search engines.
There are four major sections of the interview:
- Terrorism Hope or Fear
- Compulsory Identity Cards and a Centralised Biometric Database
- Anti-Social Behavior Orders ASBOs
- Serious Organised Crime Agency SOCA and Wiretaps
Various other news staories have been built by the rival media outlets , based on this interview e.g. John Lettice's piece in The Register