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LibLink…Nick Thornsby: The snooper’s charter has reminded Nick Clegg, finally, he is a liberal

Yes, I know, it is Snoopers’ Charter Central here on Liberal Democrat Voice today. I hope you will forgive us for being relieved and delighted that Nick Clegg has made sure that the Government will not be bringing forward an illiberal, unnecessary and intrusive measure.

Over at the Guardian’s Comment is Free, our Nick Thornsby has given his take on the issue, going back through the events of the past year since the idea first emerged. At that point the Party was furious that we could even contemplate such a thing:

 Their anger was such that a hastily arranged conference call with

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LibLink… Nick Clegg…Human rights: we won’t be silent

Over at the Guardian’s Comment is Free, Nick Clegg marks the publication of the Foreign Office’s 2012 Human Rights and Democracy report with an article stating that promoting human rights has never been more important.

He writes that many countries choose authoritarian capitalism over liberal democracy and this represents the “most serious challenge to our values since the end of the Cold War,”  especially as power transfers from west to east.

But, he says, younger populations and easily available technology make people more aware of their rights and less likely to accept authoritarian rule:

In the Middle East two-thirds of the population are

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LibLink: Nick Thornsby – The Justice and Security Bill is the Liberal Democrats’ biggest challenge yet

Our Nick Thornsby has been writing about the Justice and Security Bill over at the Guardian’s Comment is Free site.

First of all, he gives his view about why this Bill is bad news for anyone who is committed to civil liberties:

It is difficult to comprehend just how fundamental a departure from centuries-old principles this would be. The right to see and hear the evidence of the other side, and subsequently to challenge the veracity or utility of that evidence, forms the

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  • User AvatarISHvinder Matharu 30th Mar - 11:52pm
    Wish him well in Vauxhall!
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    It's great news that he is standing for parliament, party politics aside, and he is going to help people with similar experiences. It does take...
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 30th Mar - 11:40pm
    Good, interesting post Steve. We (the British in general, Liberal Democrats not excluded) do seem to have become pretty inward looking in recent years.
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    Interesting article by Neil Ascherson in today's Grauniad about the dangers to the SNP in being sucked into the Westminster system, and comparisons with the...
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    @Stuart "He lives in Sheffield and, as a student, voted for Clegg in 2010. When asked if he would vote for Clegg now he dismissed...
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    Malcolm: Glad to be of service. I'm self-aware enough to realise that I wouldn't last long in the role you kindly assign to me ;-)...
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