This sentence from the Tory leader is particularly chilling:
“For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone’.”
Obeying the law will no longer be enough to be enough to ensure you escape retribution by the authorities.
Even if you are not suspected of committing any crime, you could be hit by orders preventing you from speaking in public or associating with specific people.
The planned “snooper’s charter” will give the police the right to read your private messages, even if you’re not suspected of any wrongdoing.
Now, it seems that if they see anything they don’t like #even if it isn’t criminal# they won’t be obliged to leave you alone.
We know that the Tory government are also planning to scrap the current Human Rights Act and replace it with one that would introduce a “threshold below which Convention [human] rights will not be engaged” – allowing UK courts to strike out certain cases.
This could leave you with no legal recourse to challenge any controls you are subject to.