Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters


11:51 pm - November 13th 2010

by Sunny Hundal    


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This very worrying excerpt is contained in an article for the Observer tomorrow:

As police face continued criticism for failing to control the march, the Observer has learned that defence firms are working closely with UK armed forces and contemplating a “militarisation” strategy to counter the threat of civil disorder.

The trade group representing the military and security industry says firms are in negotiation with senior officers over possible orders for armoured vehicles, body scanners and better surveillance equipment.

The move coincides with government-backed attempts to introduce the use of unmanned spy drones throughout UK airspace, facilitating an expansion of covert surveillance that could provide intelligence on future demonstrations.

Derek Marshall, of the trade body Aerospace, Defence and Security (ADS), said that such drones could eventually replace police helicopters. He added that military manufacturers had discussed police procurement policies with the government, as forces look to counter an identified threat of civil disobedience from political extremists.

Meanwhile police sources say they have detected an increase in the criminal intentions of political extremists and are monitoring “extreme leftwing activity” in light of last week’s student protest.

The office of the National Co-ordinator for Domestic Extremism (NCDE) said it was feeding information to Scotland Yard’s National Public Order Intelligence Unit, which holds a database of protest groups. NCDE, which in turn works closely with the Confidential Intelligence Unit that monitors political groups throughout the UK, said it had already recorded a rise in politically motivated disorder.

What the hell? A few idiots break windows and these people are already discussing a big jump in monitoring protest groups?

Wonder what those Tory civil libertarians will say about this now.

Update: Kevin Blowe has more:

…today’s hysteria about ‘militarisation’ is followed by a more telling piece of spin – another opportunity for the Observer to act as NETCU’s mouthpiece, with unnamed ‘police sources’ claiming an increase in “the criminal intentions of political extremists” and “extreme leftwing activity”.

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Nothing. Libertarianism in the UK means lower taxes, dismantling the welfare state and zero interest in the size, scope and conduct of the police unless they are enforcing the speed limit.

Can’t say I didn’t see this coming, can you?

Being fair on civil liberties was just a smokescreen. As soon as the public started opposing government policy they were bound to yes force to crack down on the resistance.

Tory Scum! Off Our Streets!

Bring down the state.

Is this new? I have this vague recollection the previous Labour government were planning exactly the same thing…

A ‘vague recollection’?

I’m convinced.

Sunny,

you fool! This is a serious matter and you want to score cheap political points? If leftwingers like you have finally woken from your slumber on civil liberties, then well and good, but don’t blame libertarians for this stuff. We’re obviously against it – whether it’s done by Labour or Conservative. What about you?

. We’re obviously against it – whether it’s done by Labour or Conservative. What about you?

Well, I’d like to hear Tories come out against it. We were always against Labour attempts to restrict civil liberties, including ID cards, so it should be obvious where I and most writers to the site stand on this.

Well, alright then. I’ll let the tories speak for themselves, but what I see is continuity from the last government, which had a mile-wide authoritarian streak.

I think the litmus test for Tory civil libertarians is going to have to be something a little more substantial than a rather vague article in the Observer, which is hardly a disinterested party in all of this.

More to the point, though, I love the way Sunny airily dismisses this week’s violence as “a few idiots breaking windows”. I wonder what he would have said if that fire extinguisher had hit and killed the policeman it was aimed at.

<i.Libertarianism in the UK means lower taxes, dismantling the welfare state and zero interest in the size, scope and conduct of the police unless they are enforcing the speed limit.

I know this is just semantic correctness, but the only British politicians who have ever been described as “libertarian” came from the left of the Labour Party – Michael Foot, Tony Benn, etc.

There’s a lot you can “wonder” about if you like Andy H… but it didn’t happen. And it was one guy. And I’m not even sure what ‘surveillance’ you would recommend to stop anything vaguely dangerous happening in the future other than banning all protests.

Small state market economics tends to go with big state repression and the corporate world is always keen to make cash from chaos.

The Liberal Democrats look as if they are taking Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine as a guide to action.

Of course the Guardian/Observer urged us to vote Liberal Democrat putting this present government into power….we live in an increasingly manipulated society but media power rather than state violence is the main means of control

You have to say though that if the Cleggerons are planning on continuing Labour’s drift towards a police state they’ve made a poor start.

One of the early things Margaret Thatcher did on attaining power was give the police a most generous pay settlement – whereas the Coalition is handing them budget and manpower cuts and asking their most experienced officers to take early retirement.

I think there’s a continuity between Tony Blair and Tory Blair – both are Pelagians. Pelagian governments believe in Man’s perfectibility and innate goodness. As this fails to produce the perfect society, so do initially liberal Pelagians tend to turn towards coercion, more laws and greater police powers.

Conservatives were traditionally Augustinians, people with what Thomas Sowell called the Constrained Vision or the Tragic Vision of humanity.

In the Tragic Vision, humans are inherently limited in knowledge, wisdom, and virtue, and all social arrangements must acknowledge those limits. “Mortal things suit mortals best,” wrote Pindar; “from the crooked timber of humanity no truly straight thing can be made,’ wrote Kant.

Cameron ain’t one of those and neither is Clegg. They’re both, like Blair, believers in the idea that society can be perfected if the right managerialists (them) are in charge.

13. Chaise Guevara

@ 5 Trooper

“If leftwingers like you have finally woken from your slumber on civil liberties, then well and good”

Um, what slumber would that be? I assume you’ve got something more sensible that assuming all left-wingers support every policy of New Labour.

Militarisation of response will not deal with two facts. The Conservatives have lost all reason in fighting huge swathes of the electorate on so many fronts at once. Why do they hate us (including many who voted Conservative) so much? Secondly there are 62million of us and a lot fewer of them. The Conservatives are having a good go at the Police as well with lay-offs and poor pay – how many will support bashing other people who have been sold down the river just as they have? In any case the Conservatives are reducing Police numbers and I cannot see the British Army finding much enthusiasm for kettling student demos.

Another thought: if Woolas can be ousted as an MP for false campaigning in the election, then surely Nick Clegg is every bit as vulnerable if not more so. University students campaigned for Clegg in Sheffield on the basis of his promises about tuition fees. He lied. This was false campaigning. He won his election, then knifed students in the back. I am a LibDem member and what Clegg has done to our Party is pure absolute wickedness.

All round the world we are seeing popular unrest – Ireland, Greece, France, Spain. The Conservatives’ policy of blaming Gordon Brown for everything hardly explains what is going on elsewhere. For me Gordon Brown’s greatest failure was in allowing the banks to get such a strangehold on government, and the Tories would have done exactly the same, which they are already. What we seem to be seeing is a reverse of what happened in the Russian Revolution – the new Tsars are asserting their ‘right’ to rule and to crush the aspirations of any- and everyone else. Good time for the UK population to be less docile watching their livelihoods, jobs, education and homes being taken away from them.

What drips we can be sometimes. Let us hope we’ll put up more of a fight this time.

15. Chaise Guevara

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“Another thought: if Woolas can be ousted as an MP for false campaigning in the election, then surely Nick Clegg is every bit as vulnerable if not more so. University students campaigned for Clegg in Sheffield on the basis of his promises about tuition fees. He lied.”

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the matter: lying about your political opponent in the way Woolas did is illegal. Breaking election pledges is not. And I’d hesitate to advocate making it illegal because it would leave governments unable to react to any developments after the election.

“Whatever the rights and wrongs of the matter: lying about your political opponent in the way Woolas did is illegal. Breaking election pledges is not. And I’d hesitate to advocate making it illegal because it would leave governments unable to react to any developments after the election.”

I agree about Woolas. In a way Clegg lied about himself, so does that make it less illegal? Lawyers get rich arguing this sort of thing, and if the NUS has enough budget for barristers my guess is that they could apply the same law to Clegg. The recent Guardian piece makes it clear that Clegg knew well in advance of the election that he knew he would not stick to his tuition fees promises. That he continued to campaign on the tuition fees basis is a lie every bit on the same scale as Woolas’s. I agree that governments and ministers must be free to adjust policies following the course of events subsequent to an election. However in Nick Clegg’s case he changed his mind during the campaigning before the election but did not change his campaigning because it was winning support and votes the longer he kept lying.

I have to say I find it a bit odd that an election can be invalidated on the grounds that a candidate misled voters into supporting him based on false statements about one of his opponents, but not that he misled voters into supporting him based on false statements about himself. But that’s the law as it stands, and for that reason Woolas and Clegg are not comparable.

As a Tory civil libertarian I’m happy to condemn the increased use of serveillance equipment and body scanners (although if demonstrations became really violent I can see why armoured vehicles might be required as a last resort).

However, if there is evidence that certain groups are planning violence then I have no problem with those groups being put under limited serveillance as long as there is no interference with them unless they attempt to carry out their plans.

This reminds me of something (I think) Matt Wardman said, couple of years ago, when Labour’s civil libs destruction was still at its height. He said they were putting up all the posts, and all it needed was some fascists to come along and wrap the barbed wire round them. Here comes the barbed wire. It just underlines what a juggernaut you unleash once you start dismantling traditional freedom.

This isn’t a set of developments that should make anyone want to get involved in partisan sniping. We need to start focussing, among other things, on the Freedom Bill, the official date for which is, I think, still 2011. The Tories, as well as the Lib Dems, are vulnerable to face-saving pressure on this – they’ve set out civil liberties as a core concern, there is at least scope for them being held to it. This means a balance between holding Clegg’s feet to the fire, and helping him show the Tories the pressure exists. He successfully backed IDS on benefit reform, he can certainly be expected to throw his weight around within his own portfolio.

(I don’t buy the suggestions about timing in the slightest by the way – negotiations that are happening right now, as the article implies, cannot be the result of last week’s demo. You don’t bung in orders for this kind of hardware along with your stationery supply. That suggests a strategy has been in the pipeline for some time, and that’s far scarier.)

Well of course they’ll increase monitoring of groups who plan destruction of property.

But here is an article from 2009 that may be of interest; I think it’s extraordinary to store the details of law-abiding people and record their activities in such a way. Why bother doing so, let alone invent why it’s necessary and proportionate?

(it’s somewhat ironic that some people say civil liberties campaigners are paranoid, while civil liberties campaigners aren’t the people harassing journalists and protesters, keeping their details and recording their movements.)

(it’s somewhat ironic that some people say civil liberties campaigners are paranoid, while civil liberties campaigners aren’t the people harassing journalists and protesters, keeping their details and recording their movements.)

Indeed. If you’re at all influential in alternative politics you might as well assume that you’re being watched. Saves a lot of tedious peering behind bushes.

This isn’t a set of developments that should make anyone want to get involved in partisan sniping. We need to start focussing, among other things, on the Freedom Bill, the official date for which is, I think, still 2011.

I agree Alix – though I have a feeling how the decision on Control Orders will offer a good indication as to how it will go down…

@15: Breaking election pledges is not. And I’d hesitate to advocate making it illegal because it would leave governments unable to react to any developments after the election.

That’s a reasonable objection. So instead of making it illegal, instead why not make them fight a by-election. Then Clegg (for example) would have the opportunity to explain to voters why things are now different and his manifesto commitment no longer holds.

If politicians can change their minds about what policies they support, then we the voters should be able to change our minds about what politicians we support.

All the 3 main parties sing from the same hymn sheet, generally. The only differences are that the Tories are still more economically literate and Labour are obsessed with equality, waaaaayyyyycism, social mobility and political correctness.

UKIP is our only hope.

More to the point, though, I love the way Sunny airily dismisses this week’s violence as “a few idiots breaking windows”. I wonder what he would have said if that fire extinguisher had hit and killed the policeman it was aimed at.

Says student to judge – ‘I didn’t mean to kill him, just maiming him would have done. Also my student grant is much more important than any policeman.

A simple observation based on historical fact: A government of ANY kind without a mandate for its policies (this one) and which cannot achieve or maintain consent for its policies (like this one) has two choices, it can either change its mind or it can use coercion/force….

….this one has no intention of changing its mind and will resort to coercion and force sooner rather than later….

Mr Cameron is determined to stay in power (he does not want to be another Ted Heath), he and his colleagues genuinely fear for the future of capitalism and of the interests of their Class if they lose power….its been a long time since I used that word, Class….

…so they have early Victorian ideas on economic and social policy…and we all know or should know how ordinary people lived at that time….life was short and brutish and the coercive power of the State was deployed time and again against ordinary people,….as it will be again….expect the worst and prepare for it as best as you can.

Ed Milliband was at a Tesco warehouse in the North – after coming out of paternity leave (doubtless thankful for welfare system). Little did he know there was a huge elephant lurking in the room that would suddenly manifest itself.

The workers said; “We all work our socks off here and just about manage to get by. But my neighbours do nothing. Two of the women have never worked a day in their lives, yet have plasma tvs, designer kids clothes, go on two holidays.. all from the benefits they get.”

Eddie looked perplexed and enquired; “Is that the general consensus around the table?” Many seem to know the answer to that but Labour’s leader doesn’t.

So, ask Labour’s Blair, Brown, Balls, Johnson, the right pair of Milibands, Blunkett, Johnson, Clarke, Harman, et al these questions:

Why are the coalition telling is there’s no money left?

Why were MP’s expenses allowed to run up to abusive levels?

Why was gold sold off cheaply?

Why was nothing put aside during the boom times?

Why wasn’t parliament reformed?

Gordon Brown admited to Paxman that he (and Jeff Randall as it happens) foresaw a stock and cash crisis back in 2006, also ask; Why wasn’t banking reformed?

International statistics demonstrate that a number in the UK are feigning a disability, so dont you want to know; How likely is it that 45% of the ‘unemployed’ 24-35 year olds have depression and can claim benefits?

Immigrants should claim asylum when and where they first set foot into Europe. Dont you want to ask; Why did Gordon Brown bow to France’s pressure to sign the UK up to EU immigration influx and their welfare & benefits?

EU ‘migrants’ are coming over to also take advantage, this bloated and exploited Welfare & Benefits system risks the destruction of the UK. Toynbee AGAIN defends the masses of women with kids in council houses, never ACTUALLY EVER intending to work. Where does it say “You have a kid and have a right to claim a HOUSE from the state”??? Accommodation of sorts like hostels or house-shares maybe, but not a house.

Next time you see one thank a Labour minister for ensuring that 70% of all new jobs went to non UK workers. But ask them; Why?

Dont you also want to know from Labour Why there has been an immigrant influx of 3.5% population and what figure they regard as unsustainable?

The UK is being exploited by people that are unlikely to lift a finger to defend the nation. Now, there’s so many legal cases, with solicitors all too willing to appeal and appeal… clogging up courts, costing taxpaers millions, and all for Human Rights that combat military dont get a sniff of. GAMU is an illegal immigrant. Her mum’s out shopping in her Rover 75, bags of stuff in her long dress. Not beng deported.

WORK HAS TO PAY:

Sweden – 2 years and no work = no benefits.

28% of adults do not work in this country. For whatever reason. Its not a funny joke.

Give ‘earning a wage’ more longevity than relying on benefits.

BLOATED welfare has to be rolled back. Make doing something for society more accessible, no matter what cards are dealt.

I increasingly support Dave, Nick and the coalition because I have had enough.

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    Orwell got his dates wrong I fear.RT @libcon "Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests" http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  81. Maizey R.

    RT @witchlet: Tories plan 'militarisation' re protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y http://www.lyricsmania.com/im_alright_jack_lyrics_tom_robins

  82. Jeevan Rai

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tories plan a 'militarisation strategy' and more surveillance to deal with protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  83. Denny

    (This line of thought brought to you by…) RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  84. Christy Quinn

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tories plan a 'militarisation strategy' and more surveillance to deal with protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  85. Emma Burnell

    RT @RedRector: Tories plan ‘militarisation’ 2 deal w/ protests – Librl Conspiracy http://goo.gl/ndRcs V Scary. Remember th Army was used …

  86. Fi Drums

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tories plan a 'militarisation strategy' and more surveillance to deal with protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  87. Gary Pepworth

    RT @libcon: Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  88. Tha Captain'

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tories plan a 'militarisation strategy' and more surveillance to deal with protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  89. jennifer roberts

    RT @StarSparkle_UK: RT @RedRector Tories plan ‘militarisation’ 2 deal w/ protests – Librl Conspiracy http://goo.gl/ndRcs V Scary.Remem A …

  90. Jack Beast

    Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters | Liberal Conspiracy: RT @SamTarry: RT @libcon: Tories plan 'm… http://bit.ly/c3caLI

  91. Spir.Sotiropoulou

    Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/RMdnnIp via @libcon

  92. Ellie Mae

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  93. Martin Coxall

    “@GuyAitchison: RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y” — would prefer 'murderisation'.

  94. From the Department of Tenuous Links… « Subjective Objectivity – The Blog of The Reasonable Man

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  95. Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters | Liberal Conspiracy | defcon47

    […] the original post: Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters | Liberal Conspiracy Share Defence Industry armed-forces, military, observer, officers-over, police-face, […]

  96. Matthew Reeve

    RT @KerryMP: RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y < presumably with Lib Dem consent?

  97. Naadir Jeewa

    Reading: Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters: This very worrying excerpt is contained in an articl… http://bit.ly/8ZEocH

  98. Founder Fire

    #teaparty #912 Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters | Liberal Conspiracy: If lef… http://tinyurl.com/2vgh7qa #LIBERTARIAN

  99. David Marsden

    RT @RedRector: Tories plan ‘militarisation’ 2 deal w/ protests – Librl Conspiracy http://goo.gl/ndRcs V Scary. Remember th Army was used …

  100. gocmc

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  101. ann

    Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/lgcr155 via @libcon

  102. Elliot Page

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  103. Nutsville

    RT @libcon: Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  104. Bristol Citizen

    RT @KerryMP RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y < presumably with Lib Dem consent?

  105. Liberal Conspiracy

    Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  106. safefromwolves

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  107. Kerry McCarthy

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  108. jennifer roberts

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  109. Helen J

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  110. Mark Martin

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  111. Vic Forte

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  112. Paul Smith Bristol

    RT @bristol_citizen: RT @KerryMP RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y < presumably wit …

  113. Adam Bienkov

    Conservative authoritarian streak already emerging http://j.mp/a5rwMw via @libcon

  114. Theo C. Cupier

    #policestate > RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  115. tony walker

    RT @AdamBienkov: Conservative authoritarian streak already emerging http://j.mp/a5rwMw via @libcon

  116. diana smith

    @KerryMP @libcon If government is worried about large scale protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y the best answer is to start listening to people

  117. Steve Chambers

    RT @AdamBienkov: Conservative authoritarian streak already emerging http://j.mp/a5rwMw via @libcon < Waiting for a excuse to do this?

  118. graham rogers

    RT @bristol_citizen: RT @KerryMP RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y < presumably wit …

  119. Grey Murphy

    RT @bristol_citizen: RT @KerryMP RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y < presumably wit …

  120. uarus_strabo

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  121. Grey Murphy

    Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests…… http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y Ooh, just like a dictator, but quieter…..

  122. Andrew Griffiths

    Is this part of Nick Clegg's freedom agenda? http://t.co/TrksMI1 via @libcon

  123. Ged Robinson

    RT @AndyPRG: Is this part of Nick Clegg's freedom agenda? http://t.co/TrksMI1 via @libcon

  124. Andrew Kenning

    RT @Twizzlenics: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests…… http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y Ooh, just like a dictator, but quieter…..

  125. Bradley Coufal

    RT @bristol_citizen: RT @KerryMP RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y < presumably wit …

  126. Chris Butler

    RT @AdamBienkov: Conservative authoritarian streak already emerging http://j.mp/a5rwMw via @libcon

  127. Staffordshire UNISON

    RT @RedRector: Tories plan ‘militarisation’ 2 deal w/ protests – Librl Conspiracy http://goo.gl/ndRcs V Scary. Remember th Army was used …

  128. Dave Hoare

    Preface this by saying its an excerpt and I haven't read the whole thing but it appears on first look quite extreme http://bit.ly/cFlWZI

  129. Kirrus

    RT @jkblacker: Can't afford EMA to help my little sister go to 6th form but can afford 'militarisation' of the police? http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  130. sistervelo

    Public services slashed – guessing this is what my taxes are being spent on http://bit.ly/a9p75q #NOTwhatIpaytaxesfor

  131. David Alexander

    RT @AdamBienkov: Conservative authoritarian streak already emerging http://j.mp/a5rwMw via @libcon

  132. Matthew Reeve

    The govt is rattled. Who fancies moving to Burma? http://bit.ly/cFlWZI

  133. Nathaniel Simpson

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  134. socialworkuk

    RT @libcon: Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  135. Huw Sayer

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  136. Simon

    RT @AdamBienkov: Conservative authoritarian streak already emerging http://j.mp/a5rwMw via @libcon

  137. NewLeftProject

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  138. Richard Brooks

    Skynet is launched: money for drones, cuts for all else: 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y RTlibcon

  139. Michael Coe

    RT @Bethemediauk: RT @AdamBienkov: Conservative authoritarian streak already emerging http://j.mp/a5rwMw via @libcon

  140. Steven Hedley

    Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/Sjt38h3 via @libcon
    Worrying. Very worrying.

  141. Frieda McAlear

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  142. cellabiao

    RT @CathElliott: FFS! RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  143. Owen Jones

    They say it's hyperbole to claim the Government's at war with us. So why are they preparing the armed forces? http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  144. violetmaze

    RT @GuyAitchison: RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  145. bus driver

    1984 is here? They say it's hyperbole to claim Government's at war with us. So why they preparing the armed forces? http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y”

  146. annaannaanna

    @peeppeepeep Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  147. Plymouth City UNISON

    ROBOT WARS: Gov enlisting drones to spy on protestors. Private Defence companies gain from reduced Civil Liberty: http://bit.ly/cFlWZI

  148. melnik0v (Owen)

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  149. Enzo Rossi

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  150. pablothehat

    Reading – Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters – http://is.gd/h1Jsc #ukpolitics #policestate #LibCon

  151. Big Joe

    RT @pablothehat: Reading – Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters – http://is.gd/h1Jsc #ukpolitics #policestate #LibCon

  152. Andy S

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  153. Ash Chetri

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  154. Wendy Maddox

    This is a worrying twist: RT @libcon: Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  155. Nick H.

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  156. Ellie Mae

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  157. Russell Spencer

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  158. ladybird ladybird

    RT @monstertalk: RT @libcon: Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  159. Pucci Dellanno

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  160. Vegan Panda

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  161. Vegan Panda

    Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters http://bit.ly/a9p75q The Tories can fuck off! Get out on the streets, see u soon #ukuncut

  162. Michael Hanley

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tories plan a 'militarisation strategy' and more surveillance to deal with protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  163. Jan Bennett

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  164. ruth bennett

    RT @SamTarry: RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  165. Stuart Sorensen

    What was that you used to say about civil liberties, Mr. Cameron?
    http://j.mp/a5rwMw
    #ConDemNation

  166. Chris Butler

    RT @veganpanda: Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters http://bit.ly/a9p75q They can fuck off! Get out on the streets,#ukuncut

  167. Andy Haden

    RT @Bethemediauk: RT @veganpanda: Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters http://bit.ly/a9p75q They can fuck off! Get out on t …

  168. Staffordshire UNISON

    RT @MsWigsy: This is a worrying twist: RT @libcon: Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  169. eleanor g

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  170. Mat M

    One for civil libert love Lib Dems http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/11/13/tories-plan-militarisation-to-deal-with-protests/

  171. davegarland

    http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y Dystopia approaches, who will save us ?

  172. Hugo Collingridge

    RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' and more surveillance for protesters http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y (from last night)

  173. Niall Millar

    Oh good. RT: @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  174. Owd Git

    Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/mljJqpg via @libcon

  175. TheDarkPrinceOfLight

    RT @djhanks: RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  176. Jane Ayres

    RT @libcon Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y < not good.

  177. David Harrison

    Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/Cusblmm via @libcon

  178. Georgie Bee

    RT @watchinharrison: Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/Cusblmm via @libcon

  179. Walton Pantland

    Tories try militarisation to deal with protesters | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/OLKjcqC via @libcon

  180. Adunni Adams

    RT @CathElliott: FFS! RT @libcon: Tories plan 'militarisation' to deal with protests http://bit.ly/aZLY6Y

  181. Andrew Gray

    @hmatthews92 What do you make of this – http://tinyurl.com/39w79fo ?

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