I’m Confused Now, George. Surely This Was Just What The Left Wanted?

January 17, 2014 8 Comments
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George Monbiot on the ill-fated attempt to introduce IPNAs…

These laws will be used to stamp out plurality and difference, to douse the exuberance of youth, to pursue children for the crime of being young and together in a public place, to help turn this nation into a money-making monoculture, controlled, homogenised, lifeless, strifeless and bland.

But that sounds like exactly the sort of world the Left is striving for, doesn’t it?

Lord Macdonald, formerly the director of public prosecutions, points out that “it is difficult to imagine a broader concept than causing ‘nuisance’ or ‘annoyance’”. The phrase is apt to catch a vast range of everyday behaviours to an extent that may have serious implications for the rule of law”. Protesters, buskers, preachers: all, he argues, could end up with ipnas.

Nope, still not seeing the downside, George!

The new injunctions and the new dispersal orders create a system in which the authorities can prevent anyone from doing more or less anything. But they won’t be deployed against anyone. Advertisers, who cause plenty of nuisance and annoyance, have nothing to fear; nor do opera lovers hogging the pavements of Covent Garden.

Except, of course, should the Left ever take power again (overtly) that’s exactly who they’d have used these laws, if they’d been passed, to target…

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8 Responses to I’m Confused Now, George. Surely This Was Just What The Left Wanted?

  1. Lynne at Counting Cats
    January 17, 2014 at 10:36 am

    He wouldn’t be so upset if the brief included those nasty pro-fossil fuel advocates he insists are killing the planet. Or a means of muzzling the likes of Christopher Booker.

    But putting granny-baiting, stone and abuse hurling hoodies in their place? Oh nooooooo, we can’t be having any of that! It’s just kids expressing themselves, innit.

  2. January 18, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Virtually everyone on the left is adept at causing a nuisance and annoying the fark out of me. I really ought to complain.

    • January 19, 2014 at 6:39 am

      Heh! Now there’s an idea… ;-)

    • January 19, 2014 at 6:43 am

      “A PERFECT example of;

      1) Fixing something that is not broken…”

      Or possibly trying desperately to fix something that’s been broken by the undue leniency of the justice system?

  3. mona
    January 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

    It is theft, fricking theft of rights, theft of your data by GCHQ. theft from EU.
    the theft of your freewill. millions of years of bio-psychological development stolen overnight.

  4. Errol
    January 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Monbiot annoys me. So does Poll, child Penny and oaf Jones. Could they all be slapped with an IPNA for being complete twonks?

  5. MTG
    January 18, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Echoes of Captive State in Taffy’s beautifully written article?

  6. Furor Teutonicus
    January 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    XX “it is difficult to imagine a broader concept than causing ‘nuisance’ or ‘annoyance’”. XX

    You have had such laws since at LEAST Victorian times without problem.

    A PERFECT example of;

    1) Fixing something that is not broken.

    2) People these days being scared shitless of their own shadow.

    You have lived with such for 100s of years, NOW it is a problem???

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