…but in a stinging response, Mr McNulty, a former police minister in the Home Office, said: "I have enormous respect for the work and experience of Dame Stella Rimington but I think on this she is totally and utterly wrong.
"Wrong to suggest that had all the things we planned been passed we\’d have been a police state, and wrong to suggest we have somehow stumbled towards a police state.
But we don\’t think you\’ve stumbled towards a police state. We think you\’ve been actively planning, desiring and running as fast as you can towards a police state.
Because you\’re statist authoritarian fuckwits who wouldn\’t recognise freedom and liberty if they came up and gave you a great big wet one on the lips. With tongue.