I have sent it to him as well: I'll let you know if he responds...
Labour as the party of civil liberties? We won't be fooled that easily
Oh Sadiq. How could you?
Over here in the Lib Dems we’re used to you, ahem, 'borrowing' our policies. So now Labour is in favour of a mansion tax, a 2030 decarbonisation target, a reduction in the voting age to 16 and the removal of Winter Fuel Payments from the wealthiest 5% of pensioners? All this seems terribly familiar stuff. Because they’re policies and proposals championed by the Lib Dems.
And you’re probably cursing the fact you didn't make apromise of free school mealsas well. Although I’m reminded of my favourite Oscar Wilde anecdote; hearing a friend utter a fabulous witticism, Wilde whispered to his companion, "I wish I had said that". "Oh don’t worry Oscar", replied the friend – "I’m sure you will…"
Surely, imitation is surely the sincerest form of flattery.
- 60 new powers introduced across 25 Acts of Parliament breaking pledges in the Human Rights Act and Magna Carta, all to reduce civil rights.
- 28-day detention without charge (And I seem to recall you wanted 90 days – 90!)
- Stop and search at airports without reason
- Control Orders
And what was the other thing you wanted to do? Oh, that’s right – introduce National Identity Cards. Words fail me.
Compare that to the Lib Dems in government. An end to child detention in immigration cases. The blocking of the Snooper's Charter. Ending the storing of DNA of innocent people. Reform of the libel laws.
Labour could have done any of this. But you didn’t. And even on our one Achilles' heel, secret courts, the grassroots in the Lib Dems have done their job –and the leadership have accepted their mistake.Only this week, conference rejected proposals for technologically impractical internet filters. What’s Labour’s policy on this? I don’t think you have one. Presumably you’re waiting for us to decide ours first so you can pinch it.
The Labour Party is many things. But claiming to be the party of civil rights? Now, thatisa taking a liberty.