I can only hope that the various reports of a new law in the UK are hysterical, but given the source that seems a forlorn hope. In essence, the bill would allow senior government officials to declare an emergency and then act to alleviate it. What makes a situation an emergency? That’s up to the judgement of the senior government official. How can the official act? In just about anyway the SGO wants. He would have the power, among others, to
It’s seriously difficult to see how this doesn’t give any SGO the legal right to impose a dictatorship. Yet it’s not some delusion of black helicopter paranoia, but a real law being put up for a vote. It’s a nice setup for some serious civil strife when two different SGOs decide to implement different regulations. We may give UK Prime Minister Tony Blair a lot of credit for things he’s done right, but remember that this legislation is also a creation of his.