UK Liberty

She didn’t mean it

Posted in law and order, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on October 15, 2008

Jacqui Smith:

I do not believe, as some hon. Members clearly do, that it is enough simply to cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Some may take the security of Britain lightly. I do not.

I deeply regret that some have been prepared to ignore the terrorist threat for fear of taking a tough but necessary decision.

Let no one kid themselves that this issue can be made to go away.

These are hard questions and tough questions, but however much Opposition Members may wish to duck them, Britain still needs to be protected; Britain still needs to be prepared to deal with the worst.

Lord West:

My Lords, I am absolutely certain that my right honourable friend in the other place did not mean those statements in the way in which they are being taken.

Of course not!  When Jacqui said, “some Members clearly feel it is enough to simply cross our fingers and hope for the best”, she didn’t mean it.  When she said that “some take the security of Britain lightly”, she didn’t mean it.  When she said “some have been prepared to ignore the terrorist threat”, she didn’t mean it.

It was very good of Lord West to confirm that she, at best, was being disingenuous.

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