There is a well written article in the Independent today. I would advice everyone to read it.
… And what is remarkable – in fact almost a historic phenomenon – is the harm his government has done to the unwritten British constitution in those nine years, without anyone really noticing, without the press objecting or the public mounting mass protests.
Britain is not a police state – the fact that Tony Blair felt it necessary to answer me by e-mail proves that – but it is becoming a very different place under his rule, and all sides of the House of Commons agree.
Chakrabarti, who once worked as a lawyer in the Home Office, explains: "If you throw live frogs into a pan of boiling water, they will sensibly jump out and save themselves. If you put them in a pan of cold water and gently apply heat until the water boils they will lie in the pan and boil to death. It’s like that."
This leads to my favourite quote:
In Blair you see the champion frog boiler of modern times
The article goes on to discuss the Civil Contingencies bill, as well as The Legislative and Regulatory Reform bill:
I realise that it would be testing your patience to go too deeply into the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill, which the Government has been trying to smuggle through Parliament this year, but let me just say that its original draft would have allowed ministers to make laws without reference to elected representatives.
Imagine the President of the United States trying to neuter the Congress in this manner, so flagrantly robbing it of its power. Yet until recently all this has occurred in Britain with barely a whisper of coverage in the British media.
ID cards also get a mention:
George Churchill-Coleman described it to me as an absolute waste of time. “You and I will carry them because we are upright citizens. But a terrorist isn’t going to carry [his own]. He will be carrying yours.”