Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Tories Rout On Civil Liberties

It is genuinely frustrating and demoralising to learn that the Conservative Party has decided to do a volte-face and vote with the government's draconian terrorism act this week.

No matter my disagreements with the Conservative party over race issues, I did at least think that some vestiges of a liberal spirit existed within its collective body. However, their support for ID cards and this terror legislation shows absolute rank cowardice. One can understand that the leadership election is distracting, and that it is awfully sneaky of the Government to schedule these votes now. However, it is shocking that the Tory party even needs to think twice before voting against these measures.

Any small-L liberals left in the Tory party should jump ship now.