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This is why we need to retain the right to film and photograph the police

The government claims that Section 76 of the Counter Terrorism Act won’t be used to stifle legitimate criticism of the police. However, in every case that the government has been granted wide-ranging powers that “won’t be used to stifle” something, they’ve gone ahead and down exactly that – see, for example, the use of ASBOs as a convenient way of effectively punishing people for behaviour, without the expense of a trial.

When even the chairman of a taxi company is questioning the government’s steady erostion of civil liberties in favour of a surveillance state where only the citizen is watched, you know that something is in the air. The government needs to remember the fundamental principle of British policing: We are policed by our consent.

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