15th November 2015
Lord Carlile has used the atrocities two days ago in Paris as the basis for calling for proposed new UK surveillance laws to be “expedited”.
— Press Association (@PA) November 15, 2015
It is, of course, far too early to say whether anything about the French attacks warrants any legal change in UK.
For example, France already has more extensive surveillance laws than UK, and the atrocities still happened.
This does not matter to Lord Carlile and the rest of the security lobby. They have a pretext for demanding more legal powers for the security services, and so they do.
We should now have a name for this opportunistic approach, and perhaps a good name for it would be the Carlile Doctrine:
Any act of terrorism will justify more legal powers for security forces, regardless of what it is.
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