We do not agree with Guardianista critics of Tony Blair's Labour authoritarianism, like Henry Porter, who seem to be giving to Gordon Brown the benefit of the doubt, following his publication of his weasel worded Green paper, The Governance of Britain (.pdf)
We know exactly what NuLabour politicians like Gordon Brown mean by the words "consult with Parliament" - they mean "pretend to go through the motions and ignore any practical, technical or principled objections to the shiny new soundbite policy".
Now that the newly appointed , unelected, Home Office Under-Secretary for Security, Counter-terrorism and Police, Admiral Sir Alan West, GCB, DSC, is reported in the Sunday Telegraph to be calling for 15 years of snitching and informing, we are very worried.
"Britishness does not normally involve snitching or talking about someone," he said. "I'm afraid, in this situation, anyone who's got any information should say something because the people we are talking about are trying to destroy our entire way of life."
Until the the political and security bureaucracy radically change their automatic spin / deny / "shoot the messenger" attitude, when outsiders point out weaknesses in their security implementations, and until they cease to smear and legally persecute innocent family members of terrorists suspects, the recruitment of intelligence assets and confidential human informant sources, faces an uphill struggle.
Finance should be one of our strongest weapons against terrorism, something which is unavailable to other, poorer countries. Where is the financial carrot to go along with the repressive legal stick ?
Why is Gordon Brown not promising to make available generous financial rewards for people who point out security weaknesses, and prompt and generous financial compensation for the victims and families of victims of terrorist attacks ?
Similarly the Government should admit that it will inevitably make some mistakes under its repressive terrorism laws, and should make prompt public apologies and give generous financial compensation, and mandate the destruction of fingerprint, DNA, photographs etc. data taken from those people who have been falsely arrested by mistake under the repressive terrorism laws
Instead, some of the victims of the July 7th 2005 bomb attacks are still awaiting the miserly compensation which they are entitled to, and people who have been falsely imprisoned, are having their "board and lodging" for their time in prison, deducted from their financial compensation awards by the Home Office (this applies to non-terrorist cases as well).