Big Brother Dave is watching you
Many Tories like to model themselves as libertarians, but really under the surface they are simply authoritarian curtain-twitchers. They want to control every aspect of other people’s lives with much the same zeal as the Soviet. To control you have to know what people are doing, and thinking. Now David Cameron wants to snoop on every UK citizen, whether they’ve committed a crime or not, under plans announced today.
This changes all of us from being citizens, into potential perpetrators of whatever the government deems to be criminal. This is the authoritarian moral abyss of Judge Dredd, where everyone who is not guilty of something, will be sooner or later.
We can’t trust our security services with our information. Given the porous nature of the relationship between the police forces and the media, any person’s emails, texts or the details of which websites they visit, could be leaked to a press after blood. Be it a footballer or a union official, or maybe an ordinary person, like a former teacher suspected of murder. Every grain of their online existence will become grist for the mill in search of sales and advertising revenue.
Labour demonstrated the same drive to collect information on UK citizens during the Blair and Brown years, but failed. Now, instead of respecting every citizen’s right to privacy, David Cameron is resurrecting Labour’s plans to spy on us, and make the UK just like that other great shining example of liberal democracy, China.