Any time Big Brother is not watching, he may still be listening. In what is one of the clearest indications of how Britain is becoming a totalitarian state, it has emerged that the police bugging of a conversation between a Muslim MP and his constituent is not a fluke. And it is not confined to terrorism or national security cases.
A whistleblower at Woodhill Prison has let the press know that hundreds of lawyers have been bugged while meeting with clients. This should have the Government worried – not because they are under a lot of pressure from opposition parties to explain how this has been allowed, but because judges could start throwing out convictions, even in some high profile cases.
If notorious criminals start hitting the streets because their human rights have been flagrantly violated a lot of people are going get unhappy very fast.
It is worrying that the State has such a need to control that it cannot afford to allow the privilege that has long formed the bedrock of the lawyer-client relationship. It must have information at all costs. After all, information is power and the closer the State gets to omniscience, the more powerful it becomes.