May 28, 2010

Rundle’s UK: Con-LibDems actually want to limit CCTV? Well blow me down.

As it turned out, both the Conservatives and the Lib-Dems said enough was enough on Britain's Orwellian surveillance state. Who'd a thunk it?

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Outside the Palace of Westminster — the Houses of Parliament to you and me — the cops were tearing up the peace camp, the motley collection of protesters that began to gather before the election, and carried on through the five days or so when there was no government to speak of. In those weeks, the focus had been on democracy, the deficiencies thereof of the British system, and the need for reform.

In the week or so since it had become a medieval carnival, redolent of the old Mad May Days, when lords would serve peasants, and the village idiot would give the sermon. Not that it hasn’t been fun, with a couple of anarchist chancers crowning themselves king and queen and delivering cider-drenched edicts from makeshift thrones and all, but there was very little point.

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3 thoughts on “Rundle’s UK: Con-LibDems actually want to limit CCTV? Well blow me down.

  1. Michael James

    Sorry to dissapoint you Guy, but the Conservatives had been promising to roll back the worst excesses of Labour’s attacks on civil liberties, in particular the CCTV and identity card issues, for some years under Cameron.

    I know you may find it hard to believe, but the actually Conservatives promised something before the campaign, actually promised to do something during the campaign and, having won office, are now actually doing what was promised.

  2. Jillian Blackall

    I have to give credit where credit’s due.

    This is a big statement for Guy Rundle:
    “What this government is shaping up as is one of moderate and steady cuts, coincident with a lot of interesting new social policies…”

    The positive comment about the non-left side of politics is appreciated. Thank you Guy.

  3. AR

    Err..“Brown had come up with the slogan “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime,” I think you’ll find that was the loathsome Bliar, in Daily Mail “pleasing Mr Pooter” role.
    I am looking forward to the coming months if only to see what a real change will look like, having fled Oz when Krudd fulfilled his pre-election assurance/promise/threat that he was simply the rodent with slightly more hair.

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