…same as the old one, frankly.
Do you recall the Tories and the LibDems arguing against the control freakery of Labour when they were in power? Do you recall promises to roll back the database state? Well, yes, they did kill off the ID cards scheme, but left the architecture pretty much in place – not to mention the control freaks that lurk in the depths of the very uncivil service.
And now, another of Labour’s wet dreams comes true.
Internet firms will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications in real time under new legislation set to be announced soon.
Maybe they are in the market for fake viagra or need penis extensions…
The problem, unfortunately is that yet again we have the hard of thinking seeking a needle in a haystack and their solution is to chuck another bale of hay onto it.
That, of course, is merely the pragmatic argument against this dreadful proposal. Unless there is a specific reason to suspect the planning and execution of criminal activity, what we do in the interwebs and with whom we communicate is nothing to do with the government and should remain private at all times. The state should never have the power to routinely spy on the populace.
My god, but Eric Honecker and his chums in the old DDR would have been positively wetting themselves over this one. If only they had been able to do this, the Stasi’s life would have been so much easier – not to mention a compliant population that thinks if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.
Tory MP David Davis called it “an unnecessary extension of the ability of the state to snoop on ordinary people”.
David Davis is entirely correct.
The Home Office said the move was key to tackling crime and terrorism.
Attempts by the last Labour government to create a giant central database containing all UK web and telephone use were dropped after huge opposition, including from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.
And how soon do they change their tune when the levers of power are in their hands, eh? Principles, they’ve got ’em and if we don’t like them, then they have plenty more where they came from.
And the prize for the most chilling comment on this article goes to Violet Mildred.
The peace of the UK is something to treasure. Just look at the world, so many places are infected with strife of one kind or another. We need to maintain peace. Freedom is relative, and we must consider socially and democratically imposed limits on our freedom which are for the greater good. These limitations secure our peace so there is a trade off between peace and freedom. It is a choice.
Jeebus! Ben Franklin eat your heart out.