And the last time you gave us your word, Nick?

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By SI­MON DEAN

NEW snoop­ing pow­ers be­ing in­tro­duced by the gov­ern­ment will have the “high­est pos­si­ble safe­guards” built in to pro­tect civil lib­er­ties.

Un­for­tu­nately that prom­ise was made by dou­ble-deal­ing Deputy PM Nick Clegg – who ear­lier cam­paigned AGAINST fur­ther snoop­ing pow­ers for gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

And Clegg’s lat­est U-turn came just months af­ter he voted to sup­port a tre­bling of univer­sity tuition fees – even though he’d promised to SCRAP them if he got into gov­ern­ment.

Speak­ing on the Ra­dio 4 World at One pro­gramme, the slip­pery Deputy Prime Min­is­ter re­fused to elab­o­rate on what the safe­guards might be, in­sist­ing it was ap­pro­pri­ate for the plans to be pub­lished first.

But the du­plic­i­tous Lib­eral Demo­crat leader said what was be­ing dis­cussed was a case of up­dat­ing ex­ist­ing pow­ers to take ac­count of new tech­nol­ogy – such as in­ter­net tele­phone ser­vice Skype – which he said criminals and ter­ror­ists could use to sub­vert sur­veil­lance laws al­ready on the books.


News of the pro­pos­als has sparked fierce op­po­si­tion from civil lib­er­ties cam­paign­ers, in­clud­ing Tory MP David Davis.

Mr Clegg said: “I think it is im­por­tant peo­ple hold off mak­ing their judg­ment un­til they see the pro­pos­als.”

Lib­eral Demo­crat MP Ju­lian Hup­pert, who sits on the Home Af­fairs Se­lect Com­mit­tee, said: “Pro­pos­als to read ex­actly what we write in an email would, I think, be to­tally un­ac­cept­able.”

David Davis, Con­ser­va­tive for­mer shadow home sec­re­tary had said the law change is not nec­es­sary.

“What is pro­posed is com­pletely un­fet­tered ac­cess to ev­ery sin­gle com­mu­ni­ca­tion you make,” he said.

DITCHED: Clegg and his pledge to stop stu­dent fee rises

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