16 Oct 2009

Visiting the motherland

Let’s put aside the political Tata that is Trinidad and Tobago, and visit the motherland for a moment.

Motherland – I don’t mean Africa, or India, or China, or Japan etc.

The motherland we have in common is Ye Merrie Olde England.

England gave us our first strong directions, our first fledgling footsteps, guided us as we learn to ‘walk’ and ‘talk’. Even paddles our arses when we ‘balk’.

So, putting aside whUDeCOOT, I mean, UDeCOTT, PM in front of CM for ‘annoying language’, tiefery (thievery doesn’t cut it), etc etc., let’s hop over the ocean just for today.

In England, the latest scandal concerns the Government, not covering up MPs’ expenses, but covering up documents that point to England being supportive of torture!

Binyam Mohammed, who was held in Guantanamo, has accused England of colluding with the Americans in his torture. Of course, the British authorities are denying this (did you expect them to admit it?).

When the High Court gave its original judgement on the case last year, a seven paragraph summary of Mr Mohamed's torture claims was removed on the orders of Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

Reactions here are hot and intense. So am I.

It is one thing to claim that the publication of the documents would endanger national security, but this was certainly not true as it was ruled by the judges:

But Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones ruled that the risk to national security was "not a serious one" and there was "overwhelming" public interest in disclosing the material.

Hmm, this Miliband fella sounds like he related to Tattoo.

In any event, the man who was tortured had this to say:

"The public needs to know what their government has been up to for the last seven years," he said.

Asked about the attempts to block publication, he said: "That shows the British government is hiding something and they are using the US government as an excuse."

Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman Ed Davey said, “The foreign secretary is in danger of putting his own judgement about the security services above the rule of law and democracy,"

Whenever men gather onto themselves power, they seek absolute power, and democracy and the rule of law will ever be threatened, even in the motherland.