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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:


May to increase state surveillance powers with Snooper’s Charter

Home Office to spend £1.8 billion on listening to our private phone calls

Secret Courts: accused may not know what crime they are accused of

Government ushers in ID cards through the back door

Cameron pledges to scrap human rights

UK schools to be forced to hand over information on pupils

Government classifies non-violent activism as terrorism

Theresa May’s plans to vet TV programmes before broadcast

Ministers to be allowed to veto Freedom of Information requests

Theresa May condones detention of journalists under anti-terrorism act

Home Office threatens 7-year-old with deportation

Theresa May bars US investigative journalist from UK


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.


See also:

Cameron’s Comedy Cabinet of Incompetents: George Osborne

Cameron’s Comedy Cabinet of Incompetents: Iain Duncan Smith

Cameron’s Comedy Cabinet of Incompetents: Jeremy Hunt

Cameron’s Comedy Cabinet of Incompetents: Michael Gove

Cameron’s Comedy Cabinet of Incompetents: Philip Hammond

Cameron’s Comedy Cabinet of Incompetents: Michael Fallon


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