In December, The Guardian printed a letter of mine, quoting Cameron’s early promises about finding the truth about torture. Today, they’ve printed another one, following Monday’s headline that “PM wants new internet spying powers” . Funny that, because way back in 2009 he was singing a very different tune:
“If we want to stop the state controlling us, we must confront this surveillance state…The internet is an amazing pollinator, spreading ideas and information all over the globe in minutes. It turns lonely fights into mass campaigns; transforms moans into movements; excites the attention of hundreds, thousands, millions of people and stirs them to action…That’s foreign policy in the post-bureaucratic age – enabling the free flow of information to give people power so they can use that power to demand change.”
As we are about to discover yet again, some people will say anything to get themselves elected.