One of the big promises Cameron’s Tories made during election campaigning was that they would “roll back the surveillance state”. Unfortunately, the u-turn has arrived – the ConDem coalition has resurrected the much-reviled previous government plan to monitor every phone call, tweet, email, Facebook post and make that information available to “law enforcement” at any time, presumably for any purpose (after all, isn’t this what usually happens with these sort of things – scope creep?)

Of course, the big u-turn hasn’t been announced yet, and they’ve already got their scumbag answer to privacy and civil rights campaigners ready: “if you are not in support of the new law, you love terrorists and paedophiles”. After all, the Canadian government are already using the same idea in support of their own draconian laws. Read more