Violation nation: a look at fingerprinting in schools

While it’s bad enough that the adults among us are subjected to frequent abuses of our civil liberties, it’s  even more disturbing to realise that many of our children are growing up in a world where they are required to have their fingerprints swiped in order to borrow...

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The Freedom Bill: does it live up to the promises?

As you’ll no doubt have noticed by now, our Coalition government has recently released details of a long-anticipated bill supposed to restore freedom and prevent abuses of civil liberties. Reports are easy to find: here’s one from The Telegraph, employing dubious grammar to...

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Powers related to ID cards on their way back?

Do you remember all the fanfare, after last May’s general election, over the Coalition’s supposed commitment to restore the civil liberties trampled upon by Labour? You do? Then you may well ask how well that commitment has withstood the pressures of...

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Ever called the police? You could be on file.

If you’re keeping abreast of the various developments in the erosion of our civil liberties, you’ll probably be aware that one of the most common justifications for violating them is for the purposes of preventing crime. So, police forces claim that they need to track every...

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