As you can see via the Order of Business for Monday 10 October 2011, today and tomorrow will see the Protection of Freedoms Bill in Report Stage in the Commons. I served on the Bill committee which examined the Bill clause-by-clause. You can find the record here.

I found the Bill to be “radical only in its moderation and extreme only in its conservatism”. I was particularly struck by how hard it is to protect freedoms in an atmosphere of fear and utilitarianism over courage and principle.  The result is a very modest Bill whose crowning achievement is the prohibition of a mechanism for the protection of property rights (wheel clamping) coupled with the use of government data for private enforcement…

Still, I look forward to the debate later.

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