Are you a British citizen who is getting on in years? If you are do you remember those over the top comedies called farces featuring posh boys Brian Rix and Ian Carmichael in plots that seemed too silly for words. You do? Then perhaps you too have noticed that we are experiencing a real-life Whitehall farce in the UK this week with star players PM David Cameron, his deputy Nick Clegg and cabinet secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood taking the leading roles.
This trio of "fools" instigated the detention of David Miranda, partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, as David made his way back to Brazil from Germany. His journey included a stop at Heathrow airport and we Brits made him feel truly welcome. Police detained him, with the knowledge of Washington, Cameron, Home Secretary Theresa May and now it seems with Mr Clegg's approval. He was held for nine hours and claims he was not treat well.
So how come he was persona non grata in the UK? Well his partner is at the heart of whistle-blower Edward Snowden's espionage leaks and there are vague allegations that David has carried information between the two men previously.
The Guardian was "asked" to destroy leaked secret NSA documents on the grounds that Britain would face a "serious threat to national security" if they reached the "wrong hands", the Guardian reports. Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat Wednesday endorsed this action by the government once and for all killing any suspicion that he is a Liberal, in any shape or form. He is a Tory in Lib Dem clothing it seems.
Earlier today Labour's Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, called for an investigation, following revelations that David Cameron had requested Heywood "ask" the Guardian to destroy information. Mr Clegg obviously believes that like most politicians these days he can simply play the vague threat of terrorist activity card and we "the little people" will follow like subservient sheep.
For all of the spying and dodgy dealings of western politicians terrorism remains a threat and in 2013 the murder of Lee Rigby on the streets of London proved that government spying has changed little for the better. Across the Pond in the USA the Boston Marathon bombings also showed that spying on citizens has not stopped the nutters and terrorists.
UK politicians are on their long summer jollies currently. They enjoy more recesses than times sitting in the House it seems. When they return Keith Vaz and others are expecting the PM to clarify this whole increasingly sordid affair.
I guess they have time before parliament returns to get their stories straight. They of course hope that this episode simply fizzles out but we should not let that happen.
Those eligible to vote in the UK 2015 General Election bear in mind that David Cameron and Nick Clegg are one and the same.
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