The Ten Steps To Facism (as seen on TV & used in the USA)
1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy.
2. Create a gulag.
3. Develop a thug caste.
4. Set up an internal surveillance system.
5. Harass citizens' groups.
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release.
7. Target key individuals.
8. Control the press.
9. Dissent equals treason.
10. Suspend the rule of law.
From a article by Naomi Wolf in yesterdays Guardian; required reading for Gordon Brown, or any up and coming wannabe hard core dictator.