‘Big Brother’ may be a cliché but, more importantly, it really does capture the reality of what has been happening in Britain for some time now. And alarmingly, Big Brother is getting bigger with every passing year. Though most of the public are unaware of it, the legislative framework and statutory powers for totalitarian Britain already exist. We already live in a high surveillance State, and the Government has the power and authority to rule on an overtly tyrannical basis whenever it may decide to invoke the extant legislation which provides for tyranny.
The proposed Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) are of great concern to many. I received a Home Office leak about “homophobic extremists” quite some time before the recent and full-blooded leak to the Sunday Telegraph (13 September) of the Government’s proposed counter-extremism strategy. As the evidence mounts, the concerns grow.
Now we know the Government is planning a watchlist for ministers of religion. If the State gets its way, ministers of religion will be vetted by the State; faith leaders will have to demonstrate their support for ‘British values’ (i.e. Equality & Diversity ideology) in order to function in everyday settings such as schools or hospitals, and be registered on a State database requiring ‘security’ checks to obtain State approval. We can be sure that any classified as ‘extremists’ won’t be doing very much ministering if the State has its way. And who are these extremists? I think it reasonable to predict that the majority of those who will be labelled extremist will be Christians or Jews, not Muslims.
I hope these totalitarian proposals do not come to pass. Secretive State watchlists are the way of Communist tyrants and utterly at odds with British tradition in matters of liberty.
Moreover, it won’t stop at ministers of religion. Once there’s a watchlist for preachers it takes little imagination to foresee that the securocrats will soon want similar watchlists for many others – journalists, teachers and, eventually, pretty much everybody, as we find that Britain has become the new German Democratic Republic.