And the love affair with David Davis continues…
I have something of a love/hate relationship with the Guardian Comment is Free site. Sometimes the articles are so arty-farty that I just close the browser in disgust and go hammer up some drywall to feel manly again. Sometimes the articles provide an interesting insight into just how batshit crazy some members of the government are. And sometimes the articles are penned by otiose former Tory cabinet ministers, leading me to wonder who would ever call the Guardian a progressive newspaper. Maybe just a hate/hate relationship then.
David Davis is leading the charge against the Secret Intelligence Service, by claiming that there is ‘a prima facie case to answer’ over the torture of Binyam Mohammed. Admirable though that may be, it is of course a political hitjob on the government penned under the rather patronising title, “We did things differently in my day, Mr Miliband.” The very title begs the raised eyebrow and sardonically toned question, “Oh did you really, you condescending bag of wind?” The answer to which is, unsurprisingly, no.
It was in fact a Tory government which was in power whilst the security services colluded in murder in Northern Ireland, for example. Or a Tory government which was in power when this country sold weapons to torturers, murderers and terrorists. In the case of the government of Saddam Hussein, I seem to recall that the arms sales flagrantly breached the rules laid down by Geoffrey Howe when he was Foreign Secretary. Not the same as in your day, Mr. Davis? I respectfully disagree.
That’s not to suggest that our current Foreign Secretary won’t deserve everything he gets when the truth about Binyam Mohammed comes out. He deserves it for other things too, such as the continuing arms exports to Israel, where those weapons are being used in shocking fashion. For the love of smeg, let us not pretend however that Davis would ever suspend the arms trade; we make too much money out of it. It’s difficult even to see a Conservative government standing up after the World Trade Centre attacks and not committing to apprehending terrorists with any means necessary: torture, extraordinary rendition, illegal detention and so on.
Except the Conservatives didn’t face these pressures. Their party was a wreck, at the time. This is the problem with allowing frontline politicians to pen their own op-ed pieces. Nuggets like this are left out of David Davis’ ridiculously self-conscious portrayal of himself as the defender of all that is lawful. It is time for the David Davis love-in to end, before we wake up one morning and see the real face of the person we went to bed with – and realise that, having exchanged rhetorical frippery for actual power, he and his Tory mates are not who the liberal intelligentsia wants them to be.