@ Anonymous Coward
'When will the police & politicians finally realise that they cannot keep erode our liberties without getting a backlash from the public.'
Y'know, I'm not sure the British people have a limit. Year after year more and more liberties are taken away and hardly anyone gives a crap - ask people about DNA databases and they regurgitate the 'Crimewatch' line.
I'm sure its down to three things:
1: the crap educational level of the average Briton who knows nothing about - oooh the law, politics, history (and the rest);
2: the fact we don't have a written constitution - take the US, most Americans know what their rights are (in the broadest sense) and where to find them. Who here knows the relevant pieces of legislation that gives us our very limited rights; and;
3: we've never been under a domestic dictatorship or occupied by a foreign power - go to mainland Europe and they all have personal experience or recent family experience of what its like to have a secret police force, detention without trial, the removal of undesirables etc.
Put those three together and you have a smug, complacent, thick-as-pigshit population who can be exploited by anyone with an agenda.
This country is broken, time to take it back and demand a new one.