“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Can you image Churchill paying off seven Nazis because he did not want to be sued?
"Some of the chaps may have been beastly to the Nazi prisoners. The Nazis are suing us. I think we should settle out of court."
Guantanamo seven 'paid off' to halt legal action against Government
A group of former Guantanamo Bay detainees who claim they were tortured with the complicity of the British security services have been paid millions of pounds to drop legal action against the Government.
Clockwise from top left: Martin Mubanga and Moazzam Begg, Omar Deghayes, Bisher al-Rawi, Jamil el-Banna, BinyaMohamed and Richard BelmarPhoto: REUTERS
By Andrew Porter, Political Editor11:27PM GMT 15 Nov 2010