But he has certainly managed to include some Hallowe’en horrors.
“Jack Straw will investigate the idea of a freedom of expression audit for future legislation”
Yes, Jack Straw - just the man, I should say, and Walter Wolfgang agrees. (Didn’t credit Brown with such a wicked sense of humour !)
“whenever there are question marks over the ability to express dissent the balance should be with those taking action to defend and extend the liberty of individuals and their freedoms to express their views”
A very revealing formulation, this. Why should the balance be with those taking actions to defend … why not with the dissenters themselves, hmm ?
Next, the government is “at all times [to] apply the liberty test”. Ye-es, and we know Brown’s form on applying tests of his own devising – ask Blair & Co about the famous “five tests”.
Not to worry: “today our abhorrence of torture is and must be unequivocal”
He’s obviously planning to have a little word with King Abdullah . . .
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