Friday, December 07, 2018

The well-worn path from Liberty to being a Labour hack

When I was a teenager and had already decided I was a Liberal, two of the big names in civil liberties campaigning were Patricia Hewitt and Harriet Harman of Liberty - or the National Council for Civil Liberties as it then was.

Twenty years later they were both impeccably on-message New Labour ministers, sharing Tony Blair's exasperation with "libertarian nonsense".

Another 20 years on and I find Shami Chakrabarti is set on the same path. As one viewer put it last night:
The moral, I suppose, is that you should be wary of having heroes - or heroines.

1 comment:

Frank Little said...

The NCCL itself began as a Communist front organisation (what I think is now called a "sock-puppet"). NCCL/Liberty has since become more mainstream and perhaps will finish up as a voice for the knights of the shires.