One for you daily mail reading 'libertarians' out there, all voting for a Tory government to stop Tory councils spying on you and fining you for dumping your rubbish or for not picking up your dog's mess.
Why use the word "libertarians", Neil? You know damn well that the Tories are not libertarian and nor are the vast majority of Tory voters; and those who read the Daily Mail definitely aren't.
However, the story that he is highlighting is one that Bob Piper flagged up (yes, it was like hunting through 68kg of fresh dogshit and finding a small diamond).
Strangely, [David Davis's] enthusiasm for individual liberty seems to have expired on or around the date of his election campaign, so we find not one single entry on his 'Campaign For Freedom' blog site since 6th July, the Sunday before his election in Haltemprice and Howden.
The reason I was looking for David's support today was because I was sure he would be complaining long and loud about this from Dominic Grieve, his successor as Tory Shadow Home Secretary:
Dominic Grieve, the shadow home secretary, will pledge to amend the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act so that police no longer need to secure authorisation to conduct surveillance on those suspected of non-terrorist offences.
The changes would mean that the police would automatically be able to:
- Use covert video or listening devices in premises or vehicles.
- Watch premises to identify or arrest suspects.
- Conduct visual surveillance of public locations.
- Patrol, in uniform or plain clothes.
- Use thermal imaging and X-ray technology.
- Conduct surveillance using visible CCTV cameras.
But sadly, David seems to have not noticed this announcement yet.
Indeed not. And so it seems that we were taken in by Davis's frankly impressive speeches; alas, it appears that I, at least, had a touch of the Mulders: I wanted to believe.