Tories and the defence of civil liberties

How short is the average Tory’s memory? The answer: very short, in fact, they’re practically amnesiac. When David Davis resigned from the Shadow frontbench, he claimed to have done so because he wanted to ‘fight for our civil liberties’. He cited the catalyst for this sudden move as “ID cards”.

But since when have the Tories been defenders of civil liberties? Never. It was under the Tories that we had Section 28 and the Criminal Justice act (1994) which effectively outlawed raves and many other things besides. The voice of Gerry Adams and other members of Sinn Fein were silenced and voiced by actors while members of Loyalist groups were allowed to speak.

So when the Tories tell you that they’re fighting to protect our civil liberties, remind them of their past.

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