Civil liberties

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At last the election debate seems to be focused on what I think is the single most important issue: the war in Iraq and the erosion of civil liberty. We have colluded in a war which, as far as I can see, was about regime change, pure and simple. It’s legality was dubious, it’s morality even more suspect, and the measures that have been introduced in the name of the fight against ‘global terror’ — such as internment without charge, house arrest and a growing tolerance of torture — have seriously threatened centuries of hard-won freedom. These are fundamental, long-term issues that will profoundly change our culture far more than the economy and the health service. After all, what’s the point of being wealthy — or even healthy — if you are no longer free? What’s the point of gaining all Iraq if we, as a county, lose our soul?