Sunday, February 03, 2008

Sadiq Khan Bugged by Police

How interesting that this:

SCOTLAND YARD’S antiterrorist squad secretly bugged a high-profile Labour Muslim MP during private meetings with one of his constituents.

Sadiq Khan, now a government whip, was recorded by an electronic listening device hidden in a table during visits to the constituent in prison.

The bugging of MPs is a breach of a government edict that has barred law agencies from eavesdropping on politicians since the bugging scandal of Harold Wilson’s government. There was no suspicion of criminal conduct by Khan to justify the operation.

Should follow this:

David Cameron yesterday justified his plans for much wider use of police stop and search powers, arguing that concerns he was reintroducing a 1980s-style "sus" law were misplaced because the police were no longer so racist.

"No longer racist"? The facts appear to dispute this. And people wonder why the Muslim community feel threatened by society and the state. With stories like this, there is little wonder. Clearly a message is being sent out by the establishment - "We do not trust you".

As for the stop and search 'bureaucracy', whether we like it or not, sometimes bureaucracy is there for a very sound reason. It is pretty obvious (given the nature of elements within the police force) why this form filling is necessary. What dismays me further is the nature of what is laughingly called 'debate' over this issue. Tuning into Question Time the other night, I was disappointed to see that every panellist refused to condemn this outright. Yes there was some hand-ringing, but by and large everyone accepted it was necessary. Why is it necessary? The police already have enormous power within this country, why should they be given yet more powers? Despite this, no public figure seems prepared to offer the argument against. And yet some say there is a left-liberal conspiracy running the show. If it wasn't so serious, I might just manage to laugh.