Saturday, December 13, 2008

"There Is Something Deeply Despicable About Their Bogey Man Politics"



Poor Peter Hitchens.

He's an interesting columnist and speaker, but he has a brother named Christopher who is, damned the luck, one of the best writers and polemicists of our time. So Peter tends to be slapped with the "brother of" label when he should be considered his own man. (Peter's book The Abolition of Britain is particularly good.)

In the above clip from the fabulous British television program Question Time, Peter lays into Foreign Minister David Miliband for what Peter considers to be the UK's counterproductive war on terror. The panel starts by talking about the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, which allows the British government to hold suspects for certain lengths of time without charge.

If only we Yanks could confront our Cabinet officers in this fashion . . . .

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Anonymous Chris said...

Paul, I have watched almost all the Booknotes on the cspan web site. Chris.

2:47 AM  
Blogger Tom Salemi said...

Brilliant.

9:02 PM  

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