David Cameron will today order security services to ditch the approach that ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone’.
I’ve no problem at all with the security services having a peek at people who are obeying the law. That’s what they’re there for, after all.
But it’s the next implication that has me crying Fascism! That the law will then be turned upon those obeying the law. This is straight out of the Ritchie, Margaret Lady Hodge playbook. They apply it to tax law: merely obeying what’s on the law books is not good enough for them. They want to be able to denounce anyone doing something they don’t like. So here is the danger with what Cameron is doing. Except he’s applying it to the criminal law, possibly. A much, much, more worrying thought.
If people are obeying the law then that’s the end of the matter. Because that’s what the law is: you can’t do this and this and this but if you’re not doing those things then you’re fine.
Have I said that Cameron can fuck off about this yet?