UK surveillance bill: 19,000 letters opposing, 0 in favour


6 Responses to “UK surveillance bill: 19,000 letters opposing, 0 in favour”

  1. yadayada says:

    That means it’s a shoo-in.

    Yes, I’m that cynical.

  2. mortdieu says:

    If 19,000 people emailed in to disagree, that means that there’s 60,000,000 plus who didn’t do so, and therefore are in favour of this Bill.

    Surely the democratic thing to do is pass it as it stands, as the supporters outnumber objecters by 3,000 to 1!

  3. peregrinus says:

    Conversation overhead today at the Ministry of Itsallsortedoutthankyousomuchforasking:

    Smith, where did you put those … er … email things?  This nice gentleman from Private Eye wants a peek at them, might publish a few, you know
    ? email things sir?
    Yes, yes, the Snoopy Charter ones
    oh those!
    Yes, Smith, those!  Well done, good recollection old chap, always have had a fine mind
    I’m terribly sorry sir
    ? sorry ?
    They’ve er gone
    gone where?
    that’s just the thing sir.  I have no idea.  And Jane can’t find them either.  They’ve simply vanished!
    Well, that’s that then.  In default of any argument or evidence establishing a position to the contrary, we’re really quite obliged to pass the Snoppy Thing.  To do otherwise would be a hideous breach of the Nation’s trust in our ability to run the country
    I quite agree sir.  If the emails do turn up, shall I bring them to you sir?
    No Smith, thank you for your diligence and thoughtfullness.  It should be somewhat inappropriate to litter the proceedings with anything irrelevant to the current status, as it is to be shortly, you understand.  Once we have performed our national duty of the strongest efforts to manage the Nation we should not desire any confusion or obfuscation that might create anxiety
    Jolly good sir.  Anything else?
    Run along now Smith.  And take that fellow with you

  4. angusm says:

    Those 19,000 people must have something to hide. And if there are 19,000 people with something to hide, then that means we need this legislation now, so we can find out what they’re trying to hide.

    All in favor say “aye”.

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