Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17

AlfRodchenko

Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

The bill will allow the Government to hand UK tech firms top-secret

notices to hack their customers; the police will be able to look at your

internet browsing history, and your personal data will be tied together so

the state can find out if you’ve attended a protest, who your friends are,

and where you live. The most authoritarian piece of spying legislation any

democratic government has ever proposed has sped through Parliament

with only a whimper of opposition.

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What makes this all the more incredible is that some of the most

prominent and respected voices for liberty will abstain from voting this

draconian legislation down. The Investigatory Powers Bill, a Snooper’s

Charter, is the canary in the coal mine for our diseased democracy.

Shami Chakrabarti spent 13 years as Britain’s most prominent

human rights defender. Just six months ago, she told the media that

the Government ‘must return to the drawing board’ with its illiberal

Investigatory Powers Bill, because to do anything else would show

‘dangerous contempt for parliament, democracy and our country’s

security’.

Jeremy Corbyn, in his column for the Morning Star, denounced the

extension of state surveillance rushed through parliament two years

ago, describing it as a ‘travesty of parliamentary democracy’ and

praising Liberty (then run by Shami Chakrabarti) for lobbying MPs

to oppose it. Diane Abbott agreed, writing in June this year that

this ‘Snoopers’ Charter will target minorities – and do nothing to make us

safer’.

SHEEP IN THE ROAD : NUMBER 16

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