In which I object

I’ve just written to my MP, Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrat, Bermondsey and Old Southwark), airing my feelings about the Government’s hasty and ill-advised bill to track email, web and Skype communications of any citizen without just cause. A copy of my letter is included below. If you live in the UK and have strong feelings too, you can write your own MP via They Work For You.

Dear Mr Hughes,

I am writing to you to express my fervent opposition to proposed Government plans to allow the Government Communications Headquarters to monitor the email and web communication of ordinary citizens, without a warrant. This a shocking breach of privacy – and even if it advances our security interests by a few degrees, it surely cannot be worth the cost to our dignity as a civilized society.

I can only echo what Davis Davis wrote in the Sun on this issue, as quoted by the BBC news website: “We already have a law which lets the secret services eavesdrop on suspected criminals and terrorists. The new law does not focus on terrorists or criminals. It would instead allow civil servants to monitor every innocent, ordinary person in Britain, and all without a warrant. If they want to see all this information they should be willing to put their case before a judge or magistrate. This will force them to focus on the real terrorists rather than turning Britain into a nation of suspects.”

I do hope I can count on your support.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Jennifer Rohn
Principle Research Associate, Department of Medicine, University College London

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4 Responses to In which I object

  1. Laurence Cox says:
  2. Thanks, Laurence. Good old Julian.

    It seems to be attracting criticism from all parties. I will be very interested to see what happens to the bill once it starts getting poked and prodded.

  3. rpg says:

    Fortunately, it does seem to be being hastily pulled back… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17595209

  4. Ugh, this is happening in Canada too. Although there’s no point in writing to anyone, because PM Harper has a majority government now and will do what he damn well wants.

    Our wonderful Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews said – in Parliament! – that opponents of the bill could “either stand with us or with the child pornographers.” Nice. The backlash – a Twitter hashtag to #TellVicEverything – was hilarious, but ineffective.

    Roll on the next election…