Almost five days have now passed since the National Coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats come to power, and already we have seen a move away from the super-state of New Labour to a newer, freer, more libertarian society under this new progressive alliance.
The government led by David Cameron has announced as one of their firsts acts in power, a commitment to the scrapping of those measures introduced by the previous Labour government which have eroded our civil liberties and intruded on our privacy.
The Coalition have stated that they will:
1) Get rid of ‘The National ID Card Scheme’
2) Create tighter regulation on the use and setting up of CCTV cameras.
3) Scrap all future biometric passports.
4) Outlaw the fingerprinting of children in schools without parental permission
5) Extend the scope of the Freedom of Information Act (crucial for greater transparency and accountability)
6) Adopt the protections of the Scottish model for the DNA Database
7) Protect and defend ‘Trial by Jury’.
8) Restore the right to non-violent protest
9) Review the ‘libel law’ to protect freedom of speech
(More to be revealed)
All of these commitments will be passed under a ‘Freedom’ or ‘Great Repeal Bill’ and will help to limit the power of the state over our lives, returning many freedoms which have been stolen over the last 13 years.
Libertarian groups such as; Liberty and N2ID, have proclaimed their support for these moves, suggesting that further such acts would be well received, and commentators on all sides have praised the new government’s commitment to liberty.
Now that New Labour has moved out of government, long may it continue.