Outsourced to Porter:
The party will introduce a freedom bill, regulate CCTV, reduce local council surveillance, restore the right to protest, protect free speech, offer guarantees to investigative journalism, scrap ID cards, end plans to spy on email and internet connections, scrap ContactPoint, reduce pre-charge detention to 14 days and scrap secret evidence. The Lib Dems go much further than the Tories on the DNA database and offer wholehearted support for the HRA.
On civil liberties, the Lib Dems win hands down.
Iâ€™m not a Lib Dem. Iâ€™m really just parking my vote there. Iâ€™ll probably vote Green once the crusties are ready for prime time. Good luck to the folk further left, but I donâ€™t do movements. Iâ€™m a retail politics guy.
Meanwhile, if you think that this stuff matters you should vote for it when itâ€™s offered by a major party, especially since weâ€™re now at the stage when it clearly doesnâ€™t matter to either the government or the opposition. Itâ€™s way past time that social authoritarianism stopped being a cost free political option. And voting Lib Dem is the only realistic way I can see that you can at least try to make that happen.