Data retention debate: The lies they tell to steal your rights

Mike here discusses some of the lies the government has made to justify the Data Retention Act, and points out that this is part and parcel of its general undemocratic stance. It loses debates in the House, but still wins the vote because its members have been successfully whipped into place. Not all Tory MPs were supporters of the Bill, however. One of these is David Davies, who seems to have taken seriously parliament’s role as the guardians of the nation’s civil rights. I am, however, not surprised that Labour’s front bench voted for it. One of the major criticisms against the Blair administration was its wholesale support for ever more extension of the powers of the secret state, and its eagerness to establish even more authoritarian methods of surveillance and control.

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Haggard: Theresa May looked distinctly ruffled as she responded to criticism of her government's undemocratic actions. Some of you may wish to abbreviate the first word in this caption to three letters. Haggard: Theresa May looked distinctly ruffled as she responded to criticism of her government’s undemocratic actions. Some of you may wish to abbreviate the first word in this caption to three letters.

It is ironically appropriate that an Act of Parliament guaranteeing government the right to invade the private communications of every single citizen in the UK, ostensibly in the interests of justice, should be justified by a web of dishonesty.

This is what an indecisive British electorate gets: A government that can lose every major debate in the chamber – and look shambolic while doing so – and still win the vote because all its members have been whipped into place.

We all knew the government’s case for providing itself with a legal ability to snoop on your telephone and Internet communications was paper-thin, and by failing to produce any new justification, the government confirmed our suspicions.

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