As for our common defence, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake.
So said President Obama in his inauguration speech. The United States has a written Constitution, the United Kingdom does not, but our nations share many fundamental principles in their legal and political systems.
In recent years, driven by fear of terrorism and of crime this country has almost casually tossed aside many of the ancient and hard-won freedoms that our fathers enjoyed.
I sincerely hope that one day soon my country will again be led by those who understand and value our ancient liberties, and who, like President Obama, will not sacrifice our ideals for expediency.
Good luck, Mr. President.