@ The BigYin
"Just where does Labour get off thinking we want or need this constant monitoring?"
Are you clueless about the nature of NuLabour? Evidently yes; so let me enlighten you.
NuLabour is in many respects as bolshevist and collectivist as any political organization ever was. They have all the respect for the law that any totalitarian system has: when it's in the way, to be ignored or overturned by diktat; when useful, to be waved around as a weapon against enemies of the system. In particular, legal limitations on the powers of government are viewed as bourgeois, obstructionist, obsolete, politically naIve, and contrary to Correct Thought and Party Loyalty.
I'm convinced that one of NuLabour's overarching goals is the reform of the British populace to create The New British Man, an entity generally resembling The New Soviet Man (or whatever the Russians termed it). To do this requires that all signs of deviancy from the Party Line be detected and noted for future rectification.
Hence the need for 24/7 monitoring of the population. How else can the Thought Polilce do their job, pray tell?
NuLabour's one and only saving grace is that they are as stupid as all get-out and invariably make a hash of things while they thrash around trying to be proper bolshevists.