England has always endeavored to be a free country, but now complacency is seeing our freedoms erode. There seems to be a law against virtually anything these days, and a policeman could arrest anyone for anything they find disagreeable, they hopefully wouldn’t, but relying on police discretion is not a good way to ensure individual freedoms are protected.
Now it looks like the Levenson inquiry might advance state regulation of the press, and we should rightly be worried. Why? because the truth is usually inconvenient to someone and the temptation to suppress it by those it inconveniences will be very great. Tyranny is always enacted in the name of protection.
The government has been passing bad legislation for years now, (it started with New Labour being able to ram anything, including bills with massive blanks in them, through parliament) now you get cases where foster parents are having children spirited away because they are UKIP supporters… And after the baby P incident social workers can take children away from their parents and then invent the reason why at a later date, all in the name of protecting children.
About eight or ten years ago I had a conversation with a Polish chap in a pub and he decried the lack of civil rights in this country, and I scoffed. Now I think he might have been onto something. Unless we all become libertarians and fast we are going to see our freedoms legislated away beyond rescue in the very near future.
Why does this matter as a Catholic issue? because religious freedom, as the pope tells us, is at the foundation of liberty and the world in a spiritual sense hates Catholicism. This country has a massive undercurrent of anti-Catholicism, if liberty is thrown under the bus then Catholics will probably be some of the first to suffer the lash of the dictator. Are you scoffing right now? well give it eight or ten years or so.