My election notes. E-Day – 11

by Pseud O'Nym


As I correctly predicted yesterday the pain in my left arm hasn’t subsided anywhere near enough for me to post a post of which I’d be happy to put my pseudonym to.

Had I been able to, I would’ve posted about Paul Nutall, the IKIP leader, who today, according to the BBC,

Also suggested the use of internment, would mean the government had the power to detain suspected terrorists indefinitely without trial.Critics say the tactic led to an increase in violence when it was introduced in Northern Ireland in 1971, and it was seen to have acted as a recruiting sergeant for the IRA.
“I think we’ve got to look at ways of ensuring that our people are safe, whether that is a return to control orders, whether that is tagging these people, who knows in the future maybe a return to internment,” the UKIP leader said.
Given the “vast” costs of monitoring a reported 23,000 extremists, he said: “I’m not saying now is the time to return to this, but I wouldn’t rule it out.”
Mr Nuttall also backed waterboarding for terrorist suspects if there was “going to be an immediate attack and people’s lives were on the line” and would support the return of the death penalty in some circumstances.

This is insidiously dangerous,  because whilst UKIP has as much chance of getting anywhere near the levers of government,  as I have of becoming the Olympic 100m champion, nonetheless what might seem an extreme way to deal with extremists today, might easily become gradually become mainstream.

But enough of that.

Instead, let us pause and remember the great John Noakes, the best kind of extremist who died today. In an age when Health and Safety was unheard of, John Noakes was the favourite uncle one never had.  Imagine anyone being allowed to do this today.