In this context, the “why worry if you have nothing to fear” argument is specious. Personal freedom is the most precious thing we have, and, as I said in my resignation press conference, we acquiesce to any assaults on that at our collective peril.
Pastor Martin Niemöller’s famous lines from 1930s Germany powerfully state the challenge all democratic societies currently face in this space:“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.Then they came for me – and there was no-one left to speak for me.”To ensure there is always some there to speak for us and that we can go about our lives freely and openly without the threat of unwarranted surveillance, our security services need to be made far more accountable, and the incidence of surveillance at all levels limited to cases of genuine threat, rather than continuing on a casual, low-level, “nothing to worry about” basis, as recent events here have shown.
@Morgan_Jones @thelittlepakeha @avancenz So tell me - how precisely are you affected adversely by a stronger Bill? Not one iota I suspect
— Peter Dunne (@PeterDunneMP) July 22, 2013
And at the least, we have a right to know what the back-room deal in this flounce is.