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All men are Josef K

Having been published last month, this article, in blogosphere terms, is verging on the archaeological but it is well worth a delve into the archives for a sobering illustration of just how despotic and deranged our ruling classes have become.

Not content with having turned our justice system into a playground for victimologists, parasites and professional race-baiters, the Home Office is now preparing the ground for an arbitrary police-state:

The government’s war against men is now plumbing ever more astonishing depths. On Radio Four’s Today programme yesterday, the Home Secretary David Blunkett could scarcely wait to boast of new proposals to deal with domestic violence.

Anyone truly concerned with civil liberties could not fail to have been appalled by Mr Blunkett’s comments. The problem was, he enthusiastically explained, that at present ‘you have to get someone through court’ before a domestic violence suspect can be restrained.

So his solution is to restrain them before they even get to court. In other words, he wants action taken against a man on the basis of an unproven allegation by a woman– made under the protection of anonymity, to boot. So much for this Home Secretary’s understanding of the presumption of innocence, the meaning of justice and the necessity for a trial of the facts.

The article deserves to be read in it entirety in order to understand the extent to which the Home Office has deliberately ignored or manipulated statistical data in order to justify their insistence that male violence in the home is far worse and far more common than it actually is. Another case of tailoring the data to fit the political agenda.

These wicked and spiteful proposals are not on the books yet but they are clearly on the drawing board and, as per usual, it is only a matter of time before they are enacted thus ending the protection of the law for every man in this country.

The scope for abuse of powers like this is simply enormous and any case of abuse will lead to a man losing his home, access to his children and possibly even his livelihood all on the basis of an unproven and unanswerable allegation.

The damage this will cause to families and the fabric of society remains to be seen but, tragically, it will be seen thanks to a regime which is deeply in thrall to dangerously extremist femininst ideologues and which has now run out of easy targets.

[My thanks to Dr.Chris Tame who posted this link to the Libertarian Alliance Forum.]

10 comments to All men are Josef K

  • Suddenly, I feel a strange and irresistable urge to make a tip-off to the police that Blunkett has been up to a bit of domestic abuse so the police could arrest him and restrain him from getting anywhere near Whitehall and to stop him from fucking up the basis of constitutional law, civil liberties and all the other important stuff. Why can’t Blair just shift him sideways until he’s somewhere sufficiently useless as to avoid doing damage.

    Now, I wonder, can Mr Blunkett please repeat… “Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights clearly states that a person is guaranteed a fair trial. This is NOT a fair trial. Article 1 of the First Protocol states that one has a right to peaceful enjoyment of their property. Being booted out based on an unproved accusation is NOT peaceful enjoyment of their property.”

  • S. Weasel

    Not that it makes any difference to the common law aspect of this story, but this just in from a US study:

    The number of women who hit first or hit back is “much greater than has been generally assumed,” Capaldi says. She says she is surprised by the frequency of aggressive acts by women and by the number of men who are afraid of partners who assault them.

    Capaldi and two other female researchers call for a re-evaluation of treatment programs nationwide. Such programs focus on men and ignore women. Men are court-ordered into some type of rehabilitation, and their women are told in support groups or shelters that they had nothing to do with the violence, Capaldi says.

  • Liberty Belle

    The Home Office tries to justify its undocumented insistence that male violence in the home is far worse and far more common than it is in order to pull another block out of the structure of British justice. No need to back this type of allegation up with facts. Everyone “knows” it’s true. One more example of shit and run.

  • Clearly, terrible things are happening in Britain, under the aegis of protecting the victims of violence…but then, they’re happening here in America too.

    “Family law” and “family courts” are almost completely beyond control by any constitutional agency or stricture. I’ve heard judges in family courts claim powers we wouldn’t permit to a president in wartime. I’ve also seen them exercise those powers.

    One of the worst is the ability to create a Star Chamber: close the court to outsiders and introduce all sorts of charges against the defendant for the first time. Oftentimes, those charges are unsupported by evidence, and the accuser is not physically present when they’re made — yet they’re given the presumption of truth; the accused has to prove his innocence, which is quite a departure from our norms.

    Child Welfare workers possess comparable immunity to restraint. I won’t repeat the horror stories here; you’ve probably heard them already, and no doubt have your own little list.

    Men accused of murder get better treatment from the judicial system than men accused of abusing their wives. Men accused of abusing their children have been railroaded into prisons on the basis of CW workers’ allegations that were explicitly contradicted by the victims. Some of those men have been killed while unjustly incarcerated. Others have “merely” been multiply raped.

    But it’s all “for the children,” so practically no one speaks out.

    I believe it was Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis who said the time to beware of the government was when its purposes appeared benign. Might be time to buy some billboard space and put that up in ten thousand point blacker-than-black Times New Roman type.

  • Suddenly my already-existent dislike of David Blunkett has mushroomed into full-scale hate and loathing. I’d like to say that a written constitution outlawing the abridgement of the rights being violated here by the state would help, but it’s clear from the American commenters to this post that even this isn’t enough.

  • I had a drink in Budapest with an architect from the Republic of Ireland a couple of months ago who told me this is already the law in the Republic. As I recall his explanation, men are being taken away by police officers on the basis of unsupported anonymous allegations by women of male violence.

    He further claimed government hostility from Dublin’s specific welfare ministry that introduced this measure comes down on any newspaper or radio show trying to discuss this extraordinary law.

  • A_t

    David Blunkett’s an authoritarian a***hole… can’t think of any politer way to correctly put it.

    Not gonna argue with any of your points… fair enough… tho’ Francis,

    “some of those men have been killed while unjustly incarcerated. Others have “merely” been multiply raped.”

    I agree this is terrible, but this is about how brutal the prison system is allowed to be, surely quite another issue; if you run hyper-brutal prisons (quite consciously, as a deterrent from what i understand), then that’s what happens to people, whether rightly or wrongly imprisoned, unless they’re incredibly hard. Personally, i think no crime should lead to that kind of ‘punishment’ in civilised society.

  • Venom

    We need to form an army and seize control of the British Govrnment!

    We could then bring back capital punishment and have feminists and New labour MPs legally killed.

  • Dear Mr Blunket,

    While you are in power you may wish to make sure that the UK prisons cater for blind people. It may have some bearing on your own future!