Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

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.

Daniel Cole

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8 thoughts on “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

  1. How exactly will CCTV be regulated? I’m interested in this call for increased red tape and I would love to know how much it will cost. And what’s wrong with CCTV cameras anyway?

    Biometric passports do not really contain any information that is not currently held in a passport. Not quite sure why this should be a problem.

    We’ve discussed DNA databases before and the arguments against a complete database failed to materialise.

    It’s a shame that those who believe in small government are only capable of delivering weak government.

  2. CCTV: Intrusive, not enough safeguards.

    DNA databases – I own my body, not the government.

    Weak government is to be preferred. A government should be fearful of the people, not the other way around.

  3. How is CCTV intrusive? When I step out of my front door there’s usually people in the street who can see me. There’s a tesco opposite where people can also look in my direction and there’s often a group of teenagers hanging around who may also cast a glance in my direction. If a CCTV camera joins in, then why would I be bothered? Do you find patrolling police officers intrusive?

    Having data on someone’s DNA does not mean that you own them. Knowing the height of a house doesn’t mean you own it.

    Unfortunately you are making the false assumption that a strong body cannot be effectively controlled. Government can be strong and still fearful of the people. Would increased defence expenditure make government any less fearful of the people?

  4. 1. That’s only applying to foreign nationals so hardly an afront to your civil liberties

    2. To even thinking of saying they are “intrusive” is literally utter bull, yes they see you in the street….along with everyone else on the street who can also see you, just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean it is anyway an afront to your civil liberties, hence why they are installed in public places.

    4. In my view fingerprint everyone, if you scrap that you’re only making it harder to catch potential future criminals

    5. Can’t argue with that

    6. Again, another pet peeve, personally I’m all up for the state taking and keeping my DNA forever, what’s the worse they can do, use it to discover I’ve got hayfever and send me a bunch of flowers

    7. Same as 5.

    8. Same as above

    9. Same as above

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