We're the ants in their garden. The bacteria in their stools. Politicians have nothing but contempt for us.
Straw and co blocked the release of the minutes, claiming that to actually let us know what was going on would set a dangerous precedent that would harm good government. Ministers wouldn't speak frankly at cabinet meetings if they felt their discussions would be subjected to the sort of scrutiny that, say, our every waking move is. In other words, they'd be more worried about the press coverage they'd get than the strength of their arguments.
Well, boo hoo. Surely craven pussies like that shouldn't be governing anyway?
If you are doing something in private that will not stand up to public scrutiny, then why are you doing it?
And I did like this turn of phrase:
Having pissed in the public's face, Straw went on to shake the final drips down its nose, writing a defence of the government's civil liberties record in this paper in which he claimed "talk of Britain sliding into a police state is daft scaremongering, but even were it true there is a mechanism to prevent it - democratic elections . . .
Jack "The Hat" is a nasty piece of work, and make no mistake.