The Guardian, 2005: Britain ‘sliding into police state’


Completing the Political Compass Iconochasms quiz led me to a 2005 article in the Guardian:

George Churchill-Coleman, who headed Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorist squad as they worked to counter the IRA during their mainland attacks in the late 1980s and early 1990s, said Mr Clarke’s proposals to extend powers, such as indefinite house arrest, were “not practical” and threatened to further marginalise minority communities.

Mr Churchill-Coleman told the Guardian: “I have a horrible feeling that we are sinking into a police state, and that’s not good for anybody. We live in a democracy and we should police on those standards.

I haven’t noticed a reversal of the trend in the past three years.

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