Sunday, 3 February 2008

Politicians Object to Surveillance State Shock

Hand up, who can smell the double standard on this one?

BBC NEWS | UK | Probe into police 'bugging' of MP

An MP is unhappy that his discussions with a constituent was being bugged. Hey, it's all part of the War On Terror, designed to Keep Us Safe.

I think an argument can be defended that this sort of surveillance is a good idea, in which case MPs shouldn't be exempt - the security services are no doubt picking up all sorts of information that is more important personally than anything the MP could say (I'm sure the only reason they can have such a grand building is that they pay for its upkeep with money from betting and insider dealing). I'm sure politicians don't like being spied upon, so perhaps they should indulge in a bit of empathy with the rest of us.

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