This morning I heard the BBC intone the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords ‘ could not be laid at the door of one lone deranged gunman but as a result of a hostile right wing political discourse’.
Where is this coming from ? Yes it can be laid at the door of one deranged gunman if that is what happened and a Court finds that Loughner is guilty. He may be unfit to plead through insanity.
This is not X factor, this is not the sordid storyline of ‘East Enders’.
I have been waiting all weekend for Libertarianism to be dragged into this, I have been contacted by the media in my capacity of Leader of the UK Libertarian Party, as to whether I thought Loughner was a ‘Right Wing nutter who hated the Government’
A brief explanation that by all accounts Loughner was a ‘Left wing dopehead’ who was into 2012 Mayan prophecy, was pro Obama,Chavez and Castro cut no ice, ‘but he had a gun therefore must right wing’.
I was not sure how this particular connection was made, but I went on to explain that Libertarianism had the axiom of ‘non aggression’ and this certainly included shooting somebody with who you disagreed with. I also explained that Right Wing/Left Wing was a redundant term as far as Libertarians were concerned, because we are not particularly keen on either using big Government to force their views down our throats.
We are this earth for as brief a time ‘as it takes for a bird to fly across a hall and back out into the of the night’ to paraphrase an Anglo Saxon Chronicler said a thousand years ago, therefore hate is a wasted emotion and we have no right to kill or injure anybody other than in self defence.
‘So you think he was a deranged nutter’- I have no idea. I do not have full possession of the facts, nor was I in Arizona at the time, but if you do want a comment, I think this has far more to do with Loughner wanting his 15 minutes of fame. ‘What do you mean’. I did not bother to explain where this term came from as the excitable young ‘reporter’ was looking for a local angle,drama, excitement etc etc. We both lapsed into a silence. Then she said “I don’t think we can use this”, thought not said I.
As appalling as the shootings were in Arizona, political violence has a long History in the United States, in 1856 at the height of the slavery debates Congressman Preston Brooks crept up behind Congressman Charles Sumner in the near empty Senate chamber and near beat him to death with his walking cane. Sumner fled to England to recover and to stay away from the febrile atmosphere in Washington, when supporters of Brooks sent him canes with notes attached saying ‘hit him again’.
The story that has given me great concern over the weekend is the use of ‘Agent Provocateurs’ by the Met and the Government against the ‘green protesters’ seeking to close down the Radcliffe on Soar power station. There will be a TV report on this tonight, where a Met Policeman ‘Michael Stone’ was in deep cover since 2003 with this group, not only as an inside member gathering human intel, but was actively involved, hiring vehicles, had access to funds etc etc. The case against those charged with the Radcliffe trespass and criminal damage is about to collapse today, when ‘Michael Stone’ who now lives abroad, has resigned from the Police and offered to give evidence on behalf of the defendants. You and I dear reader are going to have to pick up the tab for the defendants costs.
This should be a cause celebre, were it not drowned out by the Arizona shootings and the East Enders baby swap.
Somebody inside the Met and Government authorised this operation, there needs to be a public inquiry into this as the use by the State of Agent Provocateurs as under Common Law this is entrapment. It is also a political act to discredit other organisations.
Which is why I am very careful about media interviews and what I say. Discrediting your political opponents is for the State easier than having to have an open debate. Their use was extensive in the repression brought about by the ‘Six Acts’ after the Napoleonic Wars.
If the case does collapse today, it is another sign along with the expenses scandal that all is not well with our political process.
Nottinghamshire Police have called in the IPCC to investigate the ‘Mark Stone’ affair. Does one detect a spat between the boys in blue in Notts having a spat with the Met operating on their patch without their knowledge ?