Lib Dems stand up against Labour's police state

December 1, 2008 12:33 PM

Opposition MPs locked up; massive database of all your personal details; ContactPoint - a database of all children in the UK; more CCTV cameras than any other country in the western world; and the DNA of hundreds of thousands of innocent people on computer. Only the Liberal Democrats can be relied upon to stand up for the British people's hard-won freedoms.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg told the BBC that he was "really shocked" by the arrest of Damian Green MP. He said the arrest was a "mayday warning" for democracy in Britain:

"This is something you might expect from a tin-pot dictatorship, not in a modern democracy."

Given the culture of "extraordinary secrecy" in Whitehall, it was getting harder to hold the government to account and opposition MPs had a constitutional duty to keep "ministers on their toes", he added.

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