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The British government has a long and respectable history of not being swayed by terrorists. They stood fast at the worst that the IRA could throw at them, and remain resolute against the current threats. I don't think that we should be in Iraq, especially after recent developments, but I respect the goverment's stance that their policy will not be dictated by threats of terror.

But I'm increasingly of the opinion that politicians now see the whole of the electorate as 'the enemy', and peaceful protest or even disagreement with government policy as 'acts of terrorism.' Just look at their attitude towards the fuel protestors a few years back: They were practically unprepared to comment, let alone do anything about it, because they refused to be held to ransom. Is it just me, or are we all getting the same cold shoulder as those who blow things up to make a point?

I know it's meant to be complete fiction, but if you want to see a not so improbable picture of the future of this country, you could do a lot worse than rent a copy of "V for Vendetta."
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We should be working harder to provide a more united kingdom for everyone to share.

The lunatic that has carried out these recent attacks needs locking up for a very long time.

However the process of democracy should be constantly reviewed and renewed and if needs be allowing peaceful on the street protests in order to fight for that right of the democratic process it has happened in the past, similar to that of the unions protests. The right of the womans vote would not have come about without some protest and the revolt to the poll tax by the same score.

Categorically no threats or acts of violence. Violence by it's own existence is against the democratic principle

This very country has been born out of protest to something or other and has moulded its very laws to which we all adhere. It is a little dis-heartening to see little or no democratic processes taking place at this one moment in history, and it is history in its making.
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Originally Posted by mag1 View Post
However the process of democracy should be constantly reviewed and renewed........
Unfortunately, it has been.

The Government (our employees?) have imposed 1 km exclusion zone around Whitehall.

Who/what is excluded from that zone? Any citizen (their employers) who wish to hold a demonstration against any of their policies/laws.

Democracy went out of the window on the day the Labour Party became the ruling party, despite being rejected by 70% of the electorate.
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If we are not careful we will miss the overall picture
and let hysteria take control, persecute everyone in the name of the greater good.

Loosing our very identity as a nation.


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