42 Days

By Terence Blacker

In the end, it is a matter of trust and terror.

The government says, ‘Trust us. There are people out there who want to use terror to kill innocent people. They threaten our values and our way of life. They are so dangerous that the normal, basic liberties of citizens must be suspended in order to protect you and your family.’

But the lesson of this century has been that the more a government asks you to trust them, the less you should.

The last time we were asked to put our trust in their confidential information, the great secret truth that we were promised turned out to be a convenient lie. By then, the country was at war and thousands died.

A government who tries to frighten its people into giving up hard-won human rights almost always has something to hide.

It is using terror in order to threaten our values and our way of life.

Now why does that sound so familiar?