These proposed powers will apply not only to benefit claimants, but to others who are “linked” to them: the term remains vaguely defined.
The response has shown how many Conservatives are deeply opposed to letting civil liberties fall victim to Covid-19.
I’m more relaxed about the frontiers of the state rolling forward than some. But all the way into my bloodstream? Not without my say so.
Such is the logic of the new Justice Secretary’s appointment – and the combative stance of the Attorney-General.
The time for the restoration of our freedoms is here, and I’m not talking ‘liberty-lite’, but the ‘full-fat’ version.
Furthermore, this intervention would put a strain on a hospitality industry that is already suffering.
Those MPs voting for the Bill today must make clear their intent to improve it later stages – and protect our civil liberties.
It’s a terrible milestone and Ministers throughout the UK will be blamed. How could our governments and administrations do better next time?
The dubious legal basis for lockdown restrictions should be clarified by making its scope explicit.
Britons were told the country would be leaving the dangerous European Arrest Warrant system, but its replacement looks suspiciously similar.
The amendment to the Immigration Bill will be an opportunity to gauge the Party’s willingness to respect the liberties of the most excluded.
The loss of our liberties is no good or easy thing to accept. While our social life disappears, what we do have is time.
Very few businesses could survive a lockdown of the type we’re currently in for six months. A sustained one will have to be more focused.
Unbridled worship of the market, ahead of principle, responsibility and loyalty, would be a betrayal of our Party’s history.
Time is not on our side – but under a new Prime Minister, the UK can stand with Hongkongers and uphold our freedom.