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