I really shouldn't find this at all amusing, but am I alone in seeing the irony of the fact that the day after the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the British government announces it is determined to press ahead with the creation of databases which will record every phone call we make, every text we send, every email we write and every website we visit?
The day after politicians of all parties tell us how important freedom is, and we are expected to welcome something which is the biggest intrusion by th state into our private lives since, well, the demise of the Stasi. All in the name of security, of course. It's for our own good. Bollocks is it.
And all this information will be accessed by hundreds of different public authorities, not just by the security services. And cost £2 billion a year to run.
Thankfully a general election will intervene before these madcap pseudo-fascist plans can be put into effect.
We need an unequivocal assurance from Her Majesty's Opposition that this whole scheme will be scrapped. In the name of freedom.