The Socialist 4 April 2012
Kick out the cuts coalition
Oppose the Con-Dems' snoopers charter
Derek McMillan, Mid Sussex Socialist Party
Oliver Cromwell favoured a state-controlled postal service so that the government could keep a close eye on what people were writing to each other. Today's UK government - which talks loudly about democratic rights overseas - wants to be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon.
Internet firms will be required to give the government's intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time. And as ever, the opposition is in no position to oppose this measure. The Labour government proposed similar measures but backed down when there was a massive campaign of opposition including by the hypocritical Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
The government has to justify this measure and they claim it is to combat crime and terrorism. Most likely, the "crime and terrorism" that they will combat is political opposition to their programme of cutting public services and pensions.
The "criminal and terrorist" pensioners, nurses, doctors and teachers will have their views and plans monitored. It is unlikely that serious terrorists send each other messages in plain language.
It is down to the trade unions and socialists to fight back against this. They could die of old age if they waited for the nominal opposition to get its act together.
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