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Buy David Davis a pint…

…suggests the Pub Philosopher. I may well heed his advice. He makes the following case:

At last, we may be about to have a proper debate on civil liberties in the UK. In the past couple of days I have heard about conversations in pubs, clubs, churches and round family dinner tables, discussing the DNA database, ID cards, curbs on free speech and the erosion of privacy. Previously, it seemed, these were just the hobby-horses of curmudgeonly old bloggers.

Whatever you think of David Davis, he hasn’t just got us all talking about these issues, he’s somehow made it OK to get angry about them too. He has provided a channel for a pent-up frustration that many people have felt for some time. For that alone he deserves our thanks. If I ever meet David Davis, the first round is on me.

I’d add that the whole thing is worth reading.

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