The regular accusation that we are living in what is close to, or is in reality, a “police state” is not only ridiculous - it’s offensive to the millions of people across the world who do live in such states and who regard the UK, rightly, as a beacon of freedom and democracy. So there.
I didn't actually mention the words "Police State" but if the cap fits. He then responds to something I said in the comments on his post about the proliferation of CCTV cameras by saying...
But can you explain to me exactly why or how our civil liberties are even remotely infringed by our being “the most watched society in the world”?
You know, if a Labour Minister like Tom asks that question, suddenly you realise just how out of touch this government has become. And he's one of the more sensible ones!