From artela (who reads this site), and other sources:
"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgement of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist." -- W. Churchill, Nov 21, 1943
Note the date. This comment was made in the midst of World War 2, one of the darkest periods in European history - and yet the current government is all too happy to remove , or attempt to remove, the safeguards for both major and minor offences, with various justifications.
... and people wonder why some worry about small sacrifices of civil liberties? (This is a day when the government seeks to protect people from being offended by criminalising the giving of offence - I question what these new laws will reasonably cover which existing laws do not).