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Snoopers’ Charter Dead? Updated

Twitter is lively with reports that Nick Clegg has confirmed the Snoopers’ Charter will not be in the Queen’s Speech.  Furthermore Clegg himself has blocked the Communications Data Bill.

Big Brother Watch carries a report here.

This is excellent news, finally Nick Clegg has found the cojones to stand up to the control freaks, whether they be spooks or politicians.

Two points I must make before we start dancing on graves:

It would be nice if Mr Clegg or Dr Julian Huppert (whose work in highlighting the vileness of the CDB is to be commended) said today that such legislation has no place in a democratic society, so that it is on record for current and future politicians to be measured against.

Labour first introduced this idea.  Now the Conservatives have tried it.  The Bill may have been blocked but the concept is not dead.  Just like Phorm there will be people who think it’s a good idea and will keep giving it underserved time and effort, whether through misguided beliefs or control freakery.

I would dearly like to know the names and qualifications of those who have told this and the previous “government” that this monitoring scheme is a technically feasible and good idea.

Publish the names so we know who is responsible, who not to vote for, who the control freaks are, who is so afraid of living in a democratic society that they want to know everything people do.

We must remain vocal and vigilant for there are those who would bring this vile legislation back.

Vigilance does not excuse stupidity or control freakery.


Alexander Hanff has reminded us that there are still ways for David Cameron to force the CDB through and onto the statute books.  There are political implications for Nick Clegg’s action today, including David Cameron’s response to Clegg and the future of Theresa May.

Keep watching Alexander’s Twitter feed – this could run for a while.

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