The news that there are to be tightening of ‘snooping’ powers to include technologies like Skype and mobile phone calls etc should strike fear into the heart of every single Liberal Democrat within the party.
I find it utterly incredible that anyone within the party would support something which is so inherently against liberal values and beats at the door of what we as a party hold as one of our deepest held values.
Its even more worrying when Nick Clegg makes comments like this:
“All we are doing is updating the rules which currently apply to mobile telephone calls to allow the police and security services to go after terrorists and serious criminals and updating that to apply to technology like Skype which is increasingly being used by people who want to make those calls and send those emails.”
I find it utterly indefensible that Nick Clegg and possibly the rest of the parliamentary party would even dare to support this when the entire grass roots of the Liberal Democrat party seems so utterly against it. You can read the briefing memo here from the party but frankly its simply not good enough.