Brit blog round up ‘Immigration, and what’s a Tory’ edition, 236

It’s Slugger’s turn to host the Brit Blog Round up. It’s August and everyone seems to be on holiday at the moment, so here goes with a reduced version. Kicking off with the repatriation of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, Love and Garbage still thinks the Scottish Secretary should resign. Neil Craig, no faint hearted liberal thinks there had been a miscarriage of justice, and the man should never have been locked up in the first place…- At the FWord Jess inveighs against the racist undertone of much anti immigration legislation of the past…

– Salman Shaheen tells the story of the long term (ie since 2000) search for assylum status in the UK for Dana Ali…

– Yet Carol notes just how casually she has been slapped with a racist ‘order’ even by friends…

– Donal is fed up with Conservatives (and others) pretending they are progressives…

I believe in equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. I believe in God-given or natural, fundamental freedoms inherent in my being a free-born Englishman: I do not have rights “given” to me by the state (or indeed the EU). I believe in the rule of law, and in equality before the law. As PJ O’Rourke said: “There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.”

– Actually some of Donal’s argument is more Whig than classic Conservative… Burke’s Corner can always be relied upon to cast a more leisurely Tory eye on impending crises, the next one up is the danger posed to the unwritten British Constitution by the new Supreme Court

– Here’s one definition of modern whiggery from Investigations of a Dog… who does a thorough historical investigation of the ‘whiggish” claim that “how changes in warfare have supposedly improved women’s rights by creating more opportunities for female combat soldiers”.

– Iain Dale stakes out a similarly Tory view of the role of government in a brief argument with Labour MP Tom Harris:

We should always question any expansion of the power of the state. Just because the forces of government say something is necessary, we shouldn’t do what Tom invariably does and say, OK, you’ve taken away another one of my hard won freedoms, would you like this one over here too?”

– Matt Sellwood does a bit of debunking of a local Lib Dem description of his party’s ‘Citizen’s Income’ as ‘£188 billion on central government payouts for millionaires’.

– Jim Jay has some wise words on the subject of politeness in politics, and quotes Trotsky to boot…

– Cabalamat reckons the Copyright industry is getting twitchy about the Pirate Party’s resort to democracy to right their wrongs…

– Diamon Geezer says save yourself the bother, here’s a do it yourself stand in for one of the London freesheets

– Two Doctors with a excellent example of a local Glaswegian council ‘Jobsworth’ story that’s grown legs and hit the national media, because… it’s the silly season…

– Another two from Neil about a scientist who doesn’t get that quaint little theory about falsification; and what it might cost if the UK really took nuclear seriously…

– Jonathan enters a limited defence of Prince Charles

– Barkingside21’s been seeing things in Redbridge, Essex

– And Clare on the gift that keeps on giving… No, not Gordon Brown to the Tories… the humble and prolific courgette

Next week’s Roundup will be hosted by Trixy. Rota details and a complete archive may be found at the Britblog Central website. As ever, nominations should be sent to britblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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