Friday, June 06, 2008

Labour: a threat to our liberty

John Major"These days a police superintendent can authorise bugging in public places. A chief constable can authorise bugging our homes or cars. The Home Secretary can approve telephone tapping and the interception of our letters and e-mails. All of this is legal under an Act passed by the Labour Government. None of this requires — as it should — the sanction of a High Court Judge. Francis Pym once spoke of the democratic deficit of any government having too large a majority. He was right. In a Parliament with a more balanced representation, the undermining of personal privacy, lengthy detention before charge, identity cards and a DNA register would have never been passed." —Sir John Major, former Conservative prime minister

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