Is Britain becoming the world’s first “soft totalitarian” state? That’s the question posed by Hal G P Colebatch in The Australian newspaper.
He writes: ”Nikolai Bukharin claimed one of the Bolshevik Revolution’s principal tasks was ‘to alter people’s actual psychology’. Britain is not Bolshevik, but a campaign to alter people’s psychology and create a new Homo britannicus is under way without even a fig leaf of disguise.
“The Government is pushing ahead with legislation that will criminalise politically incorrect jokes, with a maximum punishment of up to seven years’ prison. The House of Lords tried to insert a free-speech amendment, but Justice Secretary Jack Straw knocked it out.”
Colebatch gives several examples, including a 14-year-old girl arrested for “racism” because she wanted to sit with fellow English-speakers in class, a 10-year-old arrested for calling a schoolmate by a racist word, and the hate crime investigation against Basil Brush for making a joke about Gypsies.
These stories used to be a bit of joke themselves, often involving over-zealous, humourless young WPCs hassling crazy gay-bashing old Evangelicals. But the joke’s worn thin.
As the author points out, there are just too many cases of people being arrested for homophobia, racism or other thought crimes for this to be treated as anything other than state policy. Of course Britain isn’t Orwell’s Oceania or Bolshevik Russia yet, but it is a tyranny nonetheless.