Monday, April 21, 2008

Stealing Your Freedom

Peter Hitchens looks at the creeping destruction of time-honoured civil liberties and gradual erosion of laws that protect individual freedom in the United Kingdom by the “New Labour” government of Tony Blair, all in the name of crime prevention, security and anti-terrorism. A very instructive case study of positive/negative liberty in action and perhaps a rather chilling vision of things to come...

“Once, our police were the servants of the law and the people… in a startling change, they’ve begun to carry out the political will of the state. And the state itself, claiming to act in our interests, has been gathering increasingly detailed information on us. These growing databases are only one of the ways in which it seeks to pry into our lives.”