Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Animal testing

Blair supports Animal Testing, uses 'crisis' to tighten powers.

I've got no more to comment on the issue. If you want my opinion go here, here and here. This will simply serve as a record for me and anyone who forgets just how many opportunities the man will take to deprive us of our liberties.

7 comments:

Andrew Bartlett said...

Just wait. Blair supports nuclear power. Uses fears over terrorism to extend powers and state secrecy. But this isn't about abstract authoritarianism, but authoritarianism deployed in the service of capital. Animal testing may be right or wrong, but Blair's concern is for the security and profits of pharmaceutical firms. Nuclear power may be the right choice, it might not, but it will be like a tap of free cash has been opened to flood the pockets of the private nuclear power sector - with security concerns protecting their market position from democratic restriction. The ID project, well, that is just daft, but it is not authoritarianism that drives it, but a desire to pump billions into the wallets of a few IT 'experts'. The authoritarianism is just a side-effect of the commitment to capital.

I'll be writing a post on this soon, possibly for my The Sharpener debut.

My fist of flounce said...

Andrew,
your reckless disregard for the needs of the economy continues to baffle. Can't you see, you just don't know what he knows!

Soisealach said...

Quote: Blair supports Animal Testing, uses 'crisis' to tighten powers.

THAT explains why Blair appointed John Prescott to be the Committee Chairman on Animal Rights Activists !!!!

The hired muscle will be taking names and pulling punches on anyone who stands in the way of Blair's anti-animal agenda.

sonia said...

Just terrible. When will we learn!

fluffy - i've just had a little rant on my blog - i thought you might want to take a look, i'd be interested in your ideas. i did write it in a rant-ish mood so i may have to look at later and amend or sth. or develop further.

cheers
sonia

My fist of flounce said...

Hey Sonia,
I'm just off for a week frolicking on the west coast of scotland. I promise to take a look when I return on Thursday. I'll also be publishing a few weighty topics that have been on my mind of late.

All the best.

Courtney Hamilton said...

I was a bit dissapointed, because I read all those links you gave us, but I'm still at a loss as to what your opinion is on animal testing. I'm a supporter of animal testing, are you?

Are you a defender of scientific progress? Or are you as cynical as Andrew Bartlett above, who doesn't seem to actually have any strong opinions on any major issues linked to scientific endevours such as vivisection or nuclear science.

My fist of flounce said...

Courtney, my point was more about the Blair's propensity to concentrate powers to the executive. I made no comment on animal testing, which is what you were looking for. I think there is truth to what Andrew says, but as far as animal testing goes I'm fairly ambivalent. I don't think it's an unqualified good but it has some benefits which cannot be disregarded. How dull.

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