insidious, surreptitious and relentless erosion of fundamental British freedoms... The ever-intrusive power of the state on our lives, the loss of privacy...More recently, Sir Simon Milton - the Tory leader of the Local Government Association - called on councils to stop use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to follow up public concern over minor problems like littering and dog fouling.
Somewhat peculiarly, the latest Tory policy to quietly surface is to release the police from the safeguards imposed by RIPA and allow them to use covert listening devices and cameras without having to fill in those pesky forms to justify their actions.
Cameron's Conservatives - never ones to stand on principles. Unless they make good headlines.