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So this is the Seat of the Birth of Democracy

This post is not about tools or making things, but this is a rambling thought that will not go away.

Up to now, I have held back from commenting about the news of an opposition member of Parliament being arrested for leaking information that embarrasses the Government, but I do have a couple of thoughts, so here goes.

Firstly, the MP, Damien Green, opposition spokesman on immigration, was arrested on “suspicion of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office and aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring misconduct in a public office.”

A bit of a mouthful, but the words that hit me were “aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring”.

A few days previously, a junior minion of the Government was arrested for leaking papers. So, I put two and two together and wonder if the actual “crime” that has been committed is that said MP, bribed or coerced the minion to spill the beans.

Secondly, with a hat-tip to too many other bloggers to mention, the following points came to mind:

The present Government under Gordon Brown:

  • Unelected head
  • Accuses Political Opponents of Undermining the Economy
  • Blames our wrecked economy on foreign countries
  • Plan for economic recovery is to print more money
  • Arrests opposition politicians (I don’t for one minute believe that the Prime Minister did not know what was going on).

Now, substitute Gordon Brown with Robert Mugabe, above and re-read the list. Oops!

As my reader(s) know(s), I have strong links to Africa, so this comparison means more to me than most, and I find it, to say the least, disturbing.

And it is no consolation to say to my friends in Zimbabwe and other African countries run by politicians who look to their own well-being over those of the people who employ them, “You’re not the only ones.”

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