Britain ‘is Turning into a Spy State’
Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Gordon Brown is turning Britain into a surveillance state', Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg claimed.

The Prime Minister should end the 'scandalous fingerprinting' of children at school, Mr Clegg said during a furious exchange at Prime Minister's question.

He added that the British public were the 'most spied upon in the world'.

Mr Brown, who told the House an inquiry into the alleged bugging of a Labour MP would be 'detailed and quick', defended the use of CCTV.

Clegg attacks 'surveillance' UK

'Urgent' security needs

... "After all, it is this government that has turned the British public into the most spied upon the planet - 1,000 surveillance requests every day, one million innocent people on the DNA database and 5,000 schools now fingerprinting our children," he said.

"Is that what you meant when you spoke so stirringly a few months ago about the great British tradition of liberty?" ...

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