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Opinion: The phone hacking scandal is an attack on civil liberties

Wikipedia defines civil liberties in the following way:

Civil liberties are rights and freedoms that provide an individual specific rights such as the right to life, freedom from torture, freedom from slavery and forced labour, the right to liberty and security, right to a fair trial, the right to defend one’s self, the right to privacy, freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, and the right to marry and have a family.

Traditionally when we think about civil liberties we think about how freedom can be taken away from the individual by the state.

So what are we to …

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What will the political fallout from the peers lobbying scandal be?

An intriguing report in today’s Sunday Times:

PEERS who avoid tax or have criminal convictions – such as Lord Archer and Lord Black – are to be expelled from the House of Lords in the wake of the lords for hire scandal.

The reforms are being drawn up by Jack Straw, the justice secretary, in an attempt to restore the Lords’ battered reputation after last weekend’s revelations in The Sunday Times. He plans to enact the legislation necessary to expel them before the general election…

Lord Ashcroft, the billionaire Tory donor, has repeatedly refused to confirm his tax status, while Lord Laidlaw,

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    @ Peter Martin. "Who are you saying would have polled more than 40% of the vote in 2017 ?" I'm not Peter. It's 2019 and...
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    I've had a quick look at the ruling, and I see no mention of the caveat David Allen refers to. Clauses 39 - 42 deal...
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    Bless hope springs eternal to our Brexi's and Lexi's. Our EU friends will give us cake, but the hard right will want more cake and...
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    If Boris was going to spend 30 days locked in a room with Macron and Merkel then it might get done but the EU member...
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    @ David Raw, " I think Labour would be more electable without him." Who are you saying would have polled more than 40% of the...
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    The 'it was only advisory' line makes anyone espousing such action akin to an Arthur Daley salesman hiding behind the 'you should've read the small...
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