Spy blog’ has a great fisking of Gordon Brown’s (and before him, to be fair, Blair’s) defence of 42 day detention without trial.  But what caught my eye was a great line which summed up life in dustbin-chipped Britain –

“That is not any sort of safeguard for innocent people who get caught up in the Kafkaesque bureaucracy which the British State has now been infected by”

The nation is going to hell in a basket, I do not know what is worse, a 15 year old girl  being stabbed by her boyfriend, or the fact that her boyfriend is described as 30+.  But never mind all that – our pen pushers will stamp on us for not shutting our  dustbins properly.  Strikes me this would have been too existential even for Kafka.