Monday, January 28, 2019

Post-Brexit tyranny

Brexit is just 60 days away, and it now looks like it is going to result in an instant tyranny, with the British government planning to declare martial law to deal with "civil disobediance":

Brexit planners are examining the possibility of martial law in Britain in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit, it has emerged.

Whitehall officials are looking at how to use powers available under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to stop civil disobedience after the UK leaves the EU.

According to a report in The Sunday Times, the legislation gives ministers the power to impose curfews, travel bans, confiscate property and deploy the armed forces.

A source told the newspaper: "The over-riding theme in all the no-deal planning is civil disobedience and the fear that it will lead to death in the event of food and medical shortages."

Even more worringly, the same military the government plans to use against the people is stockpiling ammunition - something militaries only do if they're planning to actually start shooting people.

All of which should be worrying for a supposedly democratic country like the UK. Democracies don't declare martial law to deal with civil disobedience - tyrannies do. But I guess its clear now which category the UK government sees itself as belonging to.