19 January 2010
Where has the common sense gone?
Unbelievable story (and not an hysterical report appearing in a tabloid). Please tell me, where has common sense gone in this country? I was going to make a joke about incompetent bafoonery, but decided against it just in case I might be arrested and given a lifelong ban from blogging (perhaps that is their aim?). And to think, when I read Wells' 1984 as a teenager the concept of "thought crime" seemed so unrealistic, dark, distant... so un-British. A good ticking-off yes, even a stiff fine. But arrested, banned (the new British disease) for life from the airport, held for hours in a cell for hours, computers seized? Certainly not. Kind of feel ready to move back to southern Spain, where I was brought up under the Franco regime (the secret police watched us and kept files on our dissenting Protestant activities). At least they had better weather. If you have to put up with stupidity, might as well do it in the sun :)