Quid pro quo (“something for something” in Latin) means an exchange of goods or services, where one transfer is contingent upon the other. The term is often used to mean “a favour for a favour”; examples being phrases with similar meaning include: “give and take”, “tit for tat”, “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.”
The Guardian newspaper reports that Cameron has identified Muslim extremism as the principal challenge to his “diverse, multi-cultural, liberal democracy.”
This is rather like Captain Edward John Smith R.D. R.N.R. of the RMS Titanic stating that the gash caused by the collision with the iceberg was the principal problem the crew had to deal with!
The question for this organ’s readers is: How will Cameron (and the rest of the political establishment) deal with it. The answer is clear: they will deal with it through yet more legislation that will seek to monitor and curtail the activities of these extremists.
It is also equally clear that the establishment will adopt a policy that they have adopted many times in the country’s colonial and Imperial past. That of “feigned even handedness.” On numerous occasions, colonial administrators were faced with a problem with a particular individual or group of individuals. Action had to be taken against them in order to stop the situation from getting out of hand and the colonial administration loosing control. Often however it was clear to these administrators that the supporters of these individuals would need to be placated when action was taken against their particular champion. In these circumstances it was quite the usual practice to take action against another individual or group of individuals who the first group were complaining about. It was not unusual that this other individual or groups of individuals were not causing much or a problem themselves. Action however was taken against them at the same time. This often involved a miscarriage of justice, but in the view of the colonial administrators such a miscarriage of justice was necessary. Often however this miscarriage was recognised by the colonial judiciary passing a more lenient sentence of the “other party.”
As this country’s politicians dig an ever deeper hole for themselves and their country British Gazette readers will know what to expect: that people other than Muslim extremists will be subject to the “knock on the door” and asked to “assist the Police with their enquiries” – all in the name of FAIR PLAY of course!!!!!!
Expect this to take the form of persecuting those Christians who oppose Cameron’s enthusiasm for what is called “Equal Marriage” among other things.