The Economist’s attitude to liberty today


A mob of Britain’s finest eccentrics will gather in central London on February 28th. Their ranks will include outspoken novelists, radical lawyers and fed-up judges. David Davis, an unusual MP who left the shadow cabinet to wage guerrilla war from the backbenches, will be there; so will Shami Chakrabarti, the relentless head of Liberty, a pressure group. Several of those attending can sometimes seem pious; but in a stubborn, deeply English way, many are rather magnificent. The occasion is the “convention on modern liberty”, an event designed to rally opposition to the ongoing erosion of rights and freedoms in Britain (there will be similar meetings in other cities).

via Civil liberties during a recession | The price of freedom | The Economist. The word “eccentric” appears four times in the article.

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