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Ted Heath’s prescient comment on liberties

Posted in civil liberties, emerging issues, politics, security by thenextwavefutures on 17 May, 2007

While checking some of the background for yesterday’s blog on liberties, I found this comment attributed to the former Conservative British Prime Minister Ted Heath, dated from the 1970s and recalled by Alan Hart, a former BBC journalist in a letter to the Guardian last November:

I am reminded of something Ted Heath said to me, about a year after he ceased to be prime minister. I asked him what he most feared for the future – and expected him to say something like: “Catastrophe if we fail to address the problem of global poverty.” What he actually said was: “Britain will become the first police state in the democratic world.”

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