Re: it is only fair that we fine some of theirs back!
The UK seems to think the ignominy of being found to be breaking the law [ sharp intake of breath! ] is enough
Now I know you're American. Such a U.S. view of the English, it's total fiction.
UK government have no such concept of ignominy, the proof is their response to mass surveillance being found illegal, their response was mostly to try to ignore it, then offer measly rewordings that didn't much change the illegal nature of their intent much at all.
Sort of like a bank robber going in and offering to rewrite the note demanding money from the safe (after the trial), in the hopes it would no longer count as perpetrating a hold-up and they could walk away with 'the goods'.