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WATCH­ING BBC drama Body­guard last week has con­vinced me even more of the need for a sec­ond EU ref­er­en­dum.

At the core of the hit TV se­ries is – or rather was – Kee­ley Hawes as se­cu­ri­ty­mad Home Sec­re­tary Ju­lia Mon­tague, who wants to in­tro­duce a new Reg­u­la­tion of In­ves­ti­ga­tory Pow­ers Act (RIPA).

It would ef­fec­tively mean carte blanche for the se­cu­rity ser­vices to phone tap any­one they want to and trawl through peo­ple’s so­cial me­dia and pri­vate lives with im­punity, a fun­da­men­tal as­sault on civil lib­er­ties ra­tio­nalised by the height­ened state of fear about ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

Much like in the real world, the pub­lic is led to be­lieve ev­ery day could be a ter­ror­ist attack day, which is why peo­ple’s rights to pri­vacy have to be re­duced to bet­ter pre­serve their demo­cratic way of life and free­doms. We Brits do irony bet­ter than most.

Any­way, in the Body­guard, Mon­tague’s char­ac­ter – who was killed off in the last episode af­ter an al­leged ter­ror­ist attack (although whether she was killed and if ter­ror­ists ac­tu­ally car­ried out the attack is sub­ject to much on­line de­bate among view­ers) – had trot­ted out the fol­low­ing well worn ar­gu­ment for

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