I The Independent kan man idag läsa om hur Ken Macdonald igår gick ut och varnade för den ”giant database holding information about every phone call, email and internet visit” som kan hota ”Britain’s hard-won democracy”.
We need to understand that it is in the nature of state power that decisions taken in the next few months and years about how the state may use these powers, and to what extent, are likely to be irreversible. They will be with us forever. And they in turn will be built upon. We should imagine the world we are creating before we build it. We might end up living with something we can’t bear.
We would do well not to insult ourselves and our processes of law in the face of these medieval delusions.