Even David Blunkett — one of the most hardline Home Secretaries this country has ever had — thinks Britain’s civil liberties are under threat:
When David Blunkett reckons civil liberties are being eroded, you know something’s seriously wrong. The most authoritarian Home Secretary in living memory has expressed concerns about the government’s plans to create a database which will record details of every phone call made and every email sent. He is of course right to voice these concerns. But does anyone seriously think that if he was still Home Secretary, he wouldn’t be proudly advocating exactly the same plans?