"I will write to my MP to oppose the creation of a police state in Britain, and to demand the reinstatement of the civil liberties that Britain pioneered but only if 100 other people living in Britain will do the same."
— Frank O'Dwyer
Deadline to sign up by: 27th September 2005
48 people signed up, 52 more were needed
Country: United Kingdom
In recent years we've seen many civil liberties that were previously regarded as sacred steadily eroded, in the name of dealing with various nebulous threats such as terrorism and child pornography. The right to silence, presumption of innocence, no imprisonment without due process, and rights to privacy have all been seriously diminished already and continue to be threatened. But we are no safer. We have even recently seen a young man gunned down by the police on evidence that would be barely sufficient to arrest him, never mind kill him. Every time a bomb explodes, which is rarely, we are told that it will be alright next time if only we will give somebody other than ourselves even more power and even less accountability - usually the police or government. It is time to say "enough" to these control freaks, and for Britain to return to its traditions of pioneering civil liberties, instead of taking freedoms that took centuries to accumulate and throwing them away overnight any time we feel vaguely threatened. It's time to remind the government and police who their employers are.
Frank O'Dwyer, the Pledge Creator, joined by: