Reversing the Rise of the Surveillance State

Today, the Conservatives announced an 11-point plan to reverse the rise of the surveillance state, and protect personal privacy. Read the coverage in the Financial Times here, and the full paper here. The Economist carries an interesting piece this week on the broader issue of trying to manage ‘risk’ in society.

Read More

How effective is CCTV ?

Documents released by the Met Police show that fewer than 1 crime is solved for every 1,000 CCTV cameras deployed. See the report in today’s Telegraph. This backs up findings from recent reports by the Home Office and Association of Chief Police Officers in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Michael Cross writes an interesting comment piece […]

Read More

Damian Green wins fight for DNA

Damian Green MP has won his fight to have his DNA removed from the DNA database, following the collapse of the police investigation against him. Read the story here, along with Damian’s call for all innocent people to have their DNA removed.

Read More

Edinburgh debate with Peter Kellner

This afternoon, I had a lively debate on the state of British liberal democracy with Peter Kellner (President, YouGov) at the Edinburgh Book Festival. I recommend his excellent new book, ‘Democracy: 1,000 Years in Pursuit of British Liberty’, a chronicle of texts, speeches and other primary sources on the subject. You can find an abridged […]

Read More

The charge of the legal brigade

The Economist, 21 May 2009, provides a balanced review of a ground-breaking judicial ruling, extending the scope of Human Rights Act onto the battlefield. See the link below for the full article, quoting my criticism of this kind of precedent. There is further comment on ConHome.

Read More

Government to retain innocent people’s DNA

Today the government responded to the Marper ruling of the European Court of Human rights, which criticised the permanent retention of the DNA of innocent people. The government announced the retention of innocent DNA for up to 12 years. This is bound to spark further controversy. What’s wrong with the Scottish model? In Scotland, the […]

Read More