Way back in 2002, Theresa May was doing a very good impersonation of someone who cares about civil liberties:
"We want to encourage ... neighbourhood policing, giving people back power and stopping this constant centralisation which this government has brought in."
And even as recently as 2010, May was still keeping up the pretence by earnestly telling everyone this:
"This government is taking (steps) to reduce the control of the state over decent, law-abiding people and hand power back to them."
Of course May – like any good Tory – is a good old-fashioned authoritarian at heart and now she’s got her hands on the reins of power, the pretence that she gives a flying f*ck about civil liberties has pretty much gone out of the proverbial window.
Here’s what Theresa’s been doing since she became Home Secretary to “reduce the control of the state” and “hand power back” to us:
And if we’re going to be hearing an explanation from the Home Secretary for her complete about-face on civil liberties, it would also be nice if May could explain why documents relating to VIP sex crimes are being kept secret from the public until 2056:
But I won’t be holding my breath.