What do civil liberties mean to the ordinary law-abiding citizen?
It occured to me that it’s all very well when people (e.g. me) bang on about how important civil liberties are and moaning about how this Labour Government has waged war on them for the past eleven years, and that this law infringes that liberty and so on, but perhaps one reason why there isn’t more outrage is because ‘the public’ doesn’t tend to appreciate or consider how liberties relate to them, as opposed to people suspected or convicted of being criminals, terrorists, or illegal immigrants.
So from now I will make an effort to relate civil liberties to the ordinary, honest, and law-abiding UK citizen, with examples from real life, not hypotheticals, in order to show why it’s important for us all to stand up for our liberties.
This may of course require the reader to make some attempt to imagine himself in similar circumstances to those described, which might be more difficult in some situations relative to others.