DAVID CAMERON’S lead coalition believe that to prevent serious crime the state needs access to the phone numbers people dial, the websites they visit and the emails they send.
Britain is meant to be a democracy but I fear it is becoming more authoritarian each day.
It is a common perception in the British psyche that China has draconian laws which limits individual freedoms. But China is a country which is developing at a staggering rate, and is one of the few in the world which appears to have benefited from the worldwide economic slump.
The worry now is that while Britain struggles with the post-Empire years, China will gain increasing influence in the world and democratise further whilst Britain goes in the opposite direction – less influence, and less individual liberty.
Monitoring communications will do little to prevent a terrorist attack or other serious crimes. Dominic Raab, MP, said in yesterday’s Telegraph:
“The Omagh bombing showed, draining the swamp for information does not mean you get results. Authorities intercepted conversations between the bombers before the attack – but failed to act on information to stop the atrocity, and couldn’t use it to prosecute the perpetrators.”
Mr Raab, writing in the broadsheet, said it is not only the police and intelligence agencies monitoring us. There are 400 councils and countless quangos snooping on people. In total 10,000 requests for personal data are made each week.
Didn’t someone once say that if we allow the terrorists to take away our freedoms – they have won?