And there isn’t even any prospect of getting rid of the bastards, since far too many people appear to think ‘hooray, they’re doing something about crime and immigration – it’s about time’. Both issues are fundamentally unserious and not-worth-worrying-about, but sadly the public don’t see it that way.
Perhaps it’s time for liberals to seize the agenda – stop with the meme "crime is terrible and out of control, but prison doesn’t work and we should rehabilitate criminals", and instead go with the more accurate "crime is highly unlikely to have a significant impact on your life; your chances of being murdered without seriously provoking it are effectively zero; and the only reason you’re scared of it is because authoritarian arseholes lie about its impact to get you to support their evil plans".
Then again, according to ‘policy expert’ Elizabeth Deakin, "while some people are concerned about civil liberties, most people are not" (via Kevin Drum). Or to put it another way, "I’ve got nothing to hide; I’m not a Jew or a Communist or a trade unionist".
This post is rather depressing. This advert might cheer you up a little.