The West is in danger of losing its moral authority
A police raid on a politician’s office in London can only deepen cynicism in the east about western democracy.
Appeared in print on 11.12.2008
Imagine the outrage if the Russian police raided the Duma and arrested a leading opposition politician on the grounds that he had obtained leaked information embarrassing to the Kremlin. It would prompt pompous lectures from Western politicians and lobby groups about the dangers of autocracy, the need to maintain the separation of powers and so on. When the same thing happens in Britain, it is not just bad for the political system in a country that likes to think that it is the mother of parliamentary democracy. It also weakens the argument that tussles between Russia and the West are based fundamentally on values rather than geopolitics.