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Sorry Nic! Just never could resist an open goal.
Edmund's comments are interesting as a representation of a mindset that is still alive and well: people who would actively like to see the establishment of an authoritarian regime in this country, because they believe (and the government is happy to let them believe) that it would "sort out" criminals and foreigners. It's the same mindset that welcomed the rise of totalitarian regimes in, for example, 1930s Europe because they thought it was high time something was done about all those "undesirables"...Eleanor, 13 years ago.