posted on Sep, 17 2011 @ 10:45 AM
The big difference between English Law, not that the Law varies between England & Wales, Scotland, & Northern Ireland, is that unlike US law which is
set down in the Constitution at the top level, then Federal, State, and local variances, English Law is set by precedent. So in effect whatever the
previous ruling was on a matter is the law of the land at the time. So at the moment there is no enshrined right to protect a source, because the
last time it was tested in a court the Judge decided that was the interpretation of the law as it stood at that time. That is what the Police are
seeking to enforce through the use of the Official Secrets Act, BUT, if the Judge decides that the right to anonymity of the source, and the right to
protect the source is a valid argument then the law will effectively change the other way.
At the moment English Law is under pressure and years in favour of the person over the State are being eroded. We don't have the right to silence
for instance, the presumption of guilt can be inferred from your silence. Freedom of assembly in certain areas has been removed, you can't protest
anywhere where the Police say you're a threat, typically anywhere near Parliament, but it can be anywhere a senior Police office decides it is.
Freedom of expression has never existed in the country, the libel law is very strong in this country, and the apparatus of State oppression will be
brought to bear on anyone who upsets the political establishment. This is usually accomplished through the State controlled media, the BBC, and the
State friendly media, everything owned by Murdoch, to criticise, humiliate, denigrate, and destroy the reputation of anyone causing an upset.
Notably MI5 was used to destroy the reputation of the Miner's Leader, Arthur Scargill, during the Miners Strike in the mid 80's. Love him or hate
him, his reputation was damaged with stories proved to be untrue later about him having ties to the KGB, and Soviet monies to destabilise the British
economy. It was effective at the time and led to the collapse of the Miners strike. The key point being that Scargill said that if the miners caved
in there would be no mining industry in the UK inside 20 years, he was wrong, it didn't take 20 years serious mining effectively ended in the UK
within 10 years despite virtually the entire country resting on massive seams of coal. There wasn't a sensible mothballing of the mines either, they
were abandoned in such a way as to make their reopening impossible.
Freedom has been eroded in the country most recently as a consequence of the War on Terror, despite the actual credible threat to UK security being
negligible, we are rapidly descending to a formal Police State that bears a resemblance to the GDR model with a Stasi like apparatus closely
monitoring every aspect of social and political life.
This isn't the country for which our forefathers gave their lives to defend democracy in WWII. We are a bastardized nation bereft of freedom,
democracy, altruism, and compassion. We live in a tightly controlled state with the majority of the population leading a politically and morally
apathetic lifestyle. There is nothing that can be done about it because those who care are too few and too small a voice to make a difference.