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The Natives they are restless

Having treated Labour MPs as mere lobby fodder for many years it does appear that they are getting a bit restless at the moment.

Charles Clarke recognised that the government could actually lose parts of the terrorism bill in the House of Commons and so moved into consensus mode.

It is all rather odd actually as it is difficult to work out why the government are doing what they are doing with the Terror Acts.

Recently Terror Acts have been used to deal with heckling at the Labour Conference and a woman walking on a cycle path.

The Violette-szabo-museum could be guilty under the act for celebrating the sabotage that Violette Szabo committed in France as a British SOE agent during the second world war.

The eternal problem is that of defining "terrorism" - something which the government are not doing that well at.

The government's other substantial failing is in not understanding that they really need to act in a way that does not increase the amount of terrorism in the world. I am not sure that they understand that they have some material part of the responsibility for creating a world that is less peaceful.

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