A RECENT PUSH to get the incorrigible so-called Snoopers' Charter into law has been stopped, freeing the UK, probably only briefly, from the threat of choke-strength communications monitoring.
Just as when the plans were dropped in 2013 the Liberal Democrats are claiming victory, as are groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Rights Group and the UK Pirate Party.
The Lib Dems are back-slapping because of their role in the blocking, and the other groups, well, because they are very active and vociferous opponents of online shittery.
The rebirth of the Charter, which would have seen it form a part of the proposed Counter Terrorism Act, was backed by four musky peers, Lords King, Blair, Carlile and West.
Lord King, of Bridgwater in case you wanted to offer your servitude, spoke up in defence of the proposed amendments yesterday, but conceded that they were unlikely to be backed.
"I understand that both the government and the opposition will oppose my amendments today, so I will just say this to the House," he said.
"I understand that the government and the opposition feel honour-bound to hold to their position, but we will lose an opportunity to put in place a temporary, stop-gap measure which could have reduced the threat to our nation from terrorism at present. We just have to pray that we do not pay too high a price for that."
Lord Blair of Boughton agreed with his fellow peer on this, and expressed his sadness at the blow to the fight against terror.
"I am acutely disappointed by the decisions of both front benches to refuse to accept this amendment or, better still, propose a better one, on a matter of such national interest," he added. µ
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