This concise, lucid letter to the Telegraph by David Green, the Director of Civitas, spells it out and forms the most damning indictment of the Blair government.
David Green writes:
Since the Macpherson report, the Government has used the police to
re-educate the majority of the people to have different views about race. The majority are seen as racist and in need of forcible re-socialisation. But our tradition is of policing by consent, which can only mean that the majority must be signed up to police objectives before they are enforced.
If a party wants to change public attitudes, it must first persuade people through discussion. The Government has got into the habit of using police power for its party-political aims. Thus it failed to see that the arrest of an MP for exposing official mistakes was an abuse of power for the narrowest of party-political ends