In response to Laura Perrins: Brokenshire and the worst kind of treachery,
An excellent article LP, thank you. Brokenshire is, like so many at the ‘top’ of the current shades of grey Tory party, entirely lacking those skills required to lead. He appears never to have had an original thought in his life. I base this statement on his inglorious time in NI where his vacuity and lack of honour touched my life and the lives of many of my former comrades.
Once again look beyond the ‘minister’ to those shady figures advising him. It is they who ensured that Sir Roger was dealt a bent hand.
‘If they can’t do it for one of their own, what chance do the rest of us have?’ Which is my fear. The point for me wasn’t so much the conservatism of Sir Roger but that he could so dismissed without any thought of even the accuracy of his accusers. The unprincipled weak response is dangerous to a liberal democracy and indeed the rule of law. That such perfidy should be visited on an ally is pretty startling, but for anyone with a history of service and deserved reputation in the field they should expect some more measured and just response. Giving in so rapidly to bullies simply emboldens them.
I am a liberal but realise that civilised democratic debate is only possible because of the long and sometimes painful development of our civil institutions that should be cherished. All around one sees similar weak knee-jerk reactions. They pile on and on. Soon no doubt we’ll have trials without juries, first for rape and sexual assault because often the crucial factor in trying ‘consent’ is the credibility of one of the two parties, and then on to ‘hate crimes’ where again the perception of harm is paramount rather than any actual harm. We are indeed sliding towards the criminalisation and trial of words and thought as much as deed.
I have some (diminishing) hope that conservatives would step up to the plate and both see the danger to them and to the time-honoured civil institutions of our country.