Civil liberties

Alan Rusbridger vs Max Hastings: round two

10 March 2015 12:26

After Max Hastings wrote a column for the Daily Mail arguing that civil liberties groups should not get in the…

The latest immigration madness: prove you love your wife (or husband)

26 November 2014 9:44

Sometimes it is the small things that tell you everything you need to know about the madness afflicting British politics…

Coalition minds the gap on anti-terror measures

31 August 2014 20:02

The Coalition parties are gearing up for a week of minding the gaps. Tomorrow, David Cameron plans to tell MPs…

David Cameron may be about to call time on the coalition’s civil libertarian stance

29 August 2014 17:37

It was not so much the announcements that David Cameron made in his press conference about the terror threat to…

When is a scandal not a scandal?

24 February 2014 11:27

When it involves metropolitan left-wingers, says the Daily Mail. For a week, it has been exposing how Harriet Harman and…

The Lobbying Bill is bad for liberty

15 January 2014 10:00

The Prime Minister was on to something when as Leader of the Opposition he said that lobbying was ‘the next…

Why are we all so shocked by Prism?

13 June 2013 16:24

I am trying very hard to understand why everyone is shocked — shocked! — by news that the US government…

Three questions for William Hague on PRISM

10 June 2013 8:31

William Hague will come to the House of Commons today to offer some answers on the US National Security Agency’s…

Prism controversy will deepen coalition divisions over the snooper’s charter

8 June 2013 15:26

GCHQ’s use of the US monitoring system Prism is threatening to turn into a major political row. Douglas Alexander is…

Even a limited snooping bill is causing the Home Office trouble

3 June 2013 14:30

David Cameron is giving a statement in the Commons this afternoon on, among other things, the Woolwich killing. He may…

Nick Clegg explains that he's blocking the Snooper's Charter.

The only thing that remains of the Snooper’s Charter is unlikely to need legislation

25 April 2013 12:03

Even though Nick Clegg made a big song and dance this morning on LBC about blocking the Snooper’s Charter, there…

Theresa May tries to calm Snooping Bill nerves

24 April 2013 11:40

It seems the Home Office is growing a little bit nervous about its flagship Communications Data Bill. I understand that…

Snooper’s charter faces rocky road

12 April 2013 18:27

We’re only a few weeks away from the Queen’s Speech, yet there’s one significant piece of legislation from this session…

Lib Dems approving a motion on secret courts at the party's autumn conference in Brighton. Picture: Getty

Ken Clarke’s concession on secret courts fails to calm Lib Dem fears

18 December 2012 18:09

Ken Clarke’s announcement that the government will accept a major House of Lords amendment to the Justice and Security Bill…

Tory MP in battle with ministers over ‘snooping bill’ safeguards

9 December 2012 10:34

Coffee House has learned that a Tory MP is engaged in a fight with the Home Office on safeguards for…

The crime of the Justice and Security Bill

17 November 2012 16:30

The Coalition Agreement states: ‘We will be strong in defence of freedom. The Government believes that the British state has…

Cameron pushes back on snooping powers

10 April 2012 16:24

It seems David Cameron’s found a neat way of needling his coalition partners over their resistance to the so-called ‘snooper’s…

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Tax Evader

6 April 2012 18:48

Rather than respond to CoffeeHousers in the comment thread of my blog earlier, I thought I’d do it in a…

What is being done in the name of ‘national security’?

6 April 2012 9:15

The liberty versus security debate has returned to Westminster, and it’s just like old times. David Davis is having great…

The Lib Dems will relish a scrap over civil liberties

4 April 2012 9:11

They’re languishing in the polls, their leader is considerably more unpopular than either David Cameron or Ed Miliband, they face…