In 2007 Gordon Brown delivered himself of a pompous lecture on Liberty. He was probably very proud of himself.
I want to talk today of liberty
(Just as I talk of courage, in the hope
That, by association. I’ll be thought
To be their perfect representative)
And how does this philosopher-king conduct affairs in the benighted country he rules ? By arresting opposition politicians.
Now five and fifty are the power we hold
To enter homes upon authorities’ whim
So we shall bring together all these powers,
For clarity, into a single code
(the better to coordinate our raids)
Damian Green is a measured, bright and diligent chap, whose contributions to public debate are well-regarded across the political spectrum. He has many friends (I count myself one), including a lot of journalists - he worked at the Beeb and Channel 4 for several years, and briefly on the Times; and his wife is a barrister, well regarded in the Inns of Court and amongst the City fathers. There will be outrage, nay fury, in many influential quarters.
It's outrageous. It's also quite a blunder.
To each new generation falls the task
Of redefining British liberty
(and you can safely leave this task to Me.
Yes, safely sleep, and leave this task to Me.)
'Liberty Brown': a sick joke.