LibLink: Nick Clegg – Sweeping away the illiberal measures of the past

Over on Sean Dilley’s blog, there’s a transcript of an interview he conducted on talkSPORT with deputy prime minister Nick Clegg discussing yesterday’s announcement of the government’s long-awaited Freedom Bill. Here’s an excerpt of what Nick said:

I first proposed the idea of a Freedom Bill some years ago, because I think under Labour, too many of our Freedoms were taken away. Our Privacy was invaded. Too many innocent people were treated with suspicion. Look, under Labour, your children could have their finger prints taken at school without your permission. You could be spied on by your local Council, your bins could be spied on, your house could be spied on for no apparent reason. Your DNA could be taken and stored, even if your innocent of any wrongdoing whatsoever. What we’re doing in this Freedom Bill is sweeping all of those illiberal measures, all those kind of snooping powers away, and saying lets get the balance right between our Freedom and our privacy, and of course the need for the police to keep us safe.

You can read the interview transcript in full here.

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