Twenty years ago I was reading works by Soviet dissidents such as Vladimir Bukovsky and Irina Ratushinskaya. There are parallels in what they wrote about under a rule-bound state and what we are seeing today. I do not suggest that in Britain today we have gone nearly as far as the USSR, but we are being lead by people who, given time, are getting us there. There are a number of common factors such as
- The belief that the government is always right.
- Contrary opinions are to be suppressed.
- The citizen is there to do the bidding and serve the state.
- Reality and truth is whatever the propagandists decide it should be.