Sunday, June 20, 2010

The coalition government’s commitment to civil liberties

Statewatch has a 30-page analysis - "Rolling back the authoritarian state? An analysis of the coalition government’s commitment to civil liberties" - by Max Rowlands (pdf file).

His conclusion:

Many of their commitments on civil liberties are to be commended, but often the wording is vague and open to interpretation and some pressing issues have been ignored completely.

The devil will lie in the detail of the new Freedom Bill. It is to be hoped that the Lib Dems remain resolute during the drafting process and refuse to compromise their convictions in order to secure concessions in other areas of government policy.

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