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The Snooper’s Charter is back – and Nick Clegg will kill it again

25 June 2014

11:38 AM

25 June 2014

11:38 AM

That Theresa May is now making a last-ditch effort to revive the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ should come as no surprise to Coffee House readers: we reported in June 2013 that the Tories were mulling introducing something after the 2014 Budget as the Lib Dems would not be able to retaliate with a mansion tax or other such Lim Demmery.

May is unlikely to succeed in doing this, though, as the Lib Dems are quite clear that they won’t roll over on a new Communications Data Bill.

But the Home Secretary is clearly trying to make the case for some more legislation in the future – and perhaps she hopes that her party will take a strong position on this matter in any coalition negotiations in 2015. The pro-Snoopers’ case is certainly reinforced by the number of British citizens who have travelled to Syria and Iraq and who are likely to return. But there’s little indication that Nick Clegg would agree to anything substantial.

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  • http://www.CaerphillyPreserves.co.uk/ No Good Boyo

    If the bill is so necessary, why don’t they add a sunset clause, meaning that the law will automatically lapse after a stated period of time (say, five years) unless renewed?

    This would require Parliament to re-examine the law in five years’ time, and if it were felt that there was no need to renew the act, it would automatically be repealed. The way things stand, we’ll be stuck with this even if the danger subsides and the problem goes away.

  • pinkgunnergirl

    I very much hope Clegg does the right thing for once. We do not need anymore assaults on free speech or Civil Liberties.

  • Denis_Cooper

    Look, we have to do this primarily to deal with one of the consequences of that mass immigration of Muslims which you and Clegg are both so keen on, so do not now try to stupidly obstruct what has become necessary through your stupid attitudes.

  • HookesLaw

    There is no snoopers charter, any more than the current ability of the police to tap phones is a licence to snoop.

  • Rosscoe_peco

    It doesn’t happen often, but just occasionally, I’m glad Nick Clegg is in government…

  • xDemosthenesx

    Am I missing something? I thought the whole Snowden drama revealed the fact that we are spying to our hearts content regardless of the law. What is the purpose of this?

    • Denis_Cooper

      Better for it to be legal, and properly controlled,
      than for it to be illegal and uncontrolled.

      • dado_trunking

        Ahh, so we now admit it was illegal and uncontrolled.
        Why are heads not rolling in this democratic state of ours then?

        • Denis_Cooper

          Because it’s run by tw-ts like you?

  • Bert3000

    Good for Nick Clegg.

    • Robert_Eve

      Bad for the rest of us.

    • In2minds

      Actually no, the credit should go to Julian Huppert.

  • dado_trunking

    What would we do if the evil and thoroughly inhumane right wing ruled over us?
    What would we do if there was a Tory/UKIP coalition?

    Boasting about values and principles all day long whilst delivering the blue print of Orwell and Huxley combined. Oh how we despise these hypocrites.

    • Colonel Mustard

      What would we do if the evil and thoroughly inhumane left wing ruled over us?

      What would we do if there was a Labour/Lib Dem coalition?

      Boasting about values and principles all day long whilst delivering the blue print of Orwell and Huxley combined. Oh how we despise these hypocrites.

      • dado_trunking

        Britain’s two party = one party state is doomed then.
        I said it all along. FPTP delivers this reality. Those in favour of the status quo will defend it until there is no way other than to concede defeat on all moral fronts.

    • ButcombeMan

      It is a mistake to believe that a Labour or Labour led government would
      not also want something like what May is proposing. The preparatory work will be useful.

      It is just simple fact that the two main parties are almost at one on securing our safety. Isabel misses the point that Clegg will simply be cut out of discussions between the two main parties. Clegg is himself now an irrelevance to UK politics, tolerated but not trusted, even by his own party..

    • SimonToo

      Theresa May is just trying to carry on from where Labour left off. Unfortunately, Labour had already gone too far.

      If Labour were still in power, we would already have what she is proposing, and more. That she is the lesser of two evils, though, is no reason to accept her proposals.

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