British ‘careless’ with liberties


British people have been “careless” with their civil liberties, but that is beginning to change, former shadow home affairs minister David Davis has said.
Speaking at the Convention on Modern Liberty on Saturday, Mr Davis said people were growing increasingly angry at government intrusion in their lives.

More than 1,000 people joined the event in London and at venues across the UK.

Other speakers included former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg and Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti.

Gatherings were also be held in Belfast, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester to debate issues such as the “database state”, counter-terrorism laws and press freedom.
‘Being alienated’

Mr Davis, who resigned from the Conservative front bench last year to fight a by-election on the issue of civil liberties, said the British public had been “casual” with their freedom and privacy in the past.

“They treat it carelessly, like a very old suit that they have had a very long time, [but] times are changing.

“Something is happening in the hearts and minds of our country.”

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