I'm sitting at an internetcafé in Brussels reading the deal struck between the conservatives and the liberal democrats in the UK. The section about Civil liberties stands out like a beacon of hope:
10. Civil liberties
The parties agree to implement a full programme of measures to reverse the substantial erosion of civil liberties under the Labour Government and roll back state intrusion.
This will include:
- A Freedom or Great Repeal Bill.
- The scrapping of ID card scheme, the National Identity register, the next generation of biometric passports and the Contact Point Database.
- Outlawing the finger-printing of children at school without parental permission.
- The extension of the scope of the Freedom of Information Act to provide greater transparency.
- Adopting the protections of the Scottish model for the DNA database.
- The protection of historic freedoms through the defence of trial by jury.
- The restoration of rights to non-violent protest.
- The review of libel laws to protect freedom of speech.
- Safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation.
- Further regulation of CCTV.
- Ending of storage of internet and email records without good reason.
- A new mechanism to prevent the proliferation of unnecessary new criminal offences.
If this agenda is actually fullfilled I would say that we're witnessing nothing short of a historical turningpoint in what has been nothing short of a free fall into a surveillance society for the UK post nine eleven.
Or is this just to good to be true?
I'm looking forward to hear our brethren in the Pirate Party UK comment on this development.