Well, after three months I’ve cancelled my Labour membership.
It’s absolutely disgraceful that they abstained during the second reading / vote of the Investigatory Powers Bill aka The Snoopers Charter. Labour claim that they abstained because “they are unconvinced whether privacy is adequately protected”.
So why didn’t they vote against it in that case?
To read more about what the Snooper’s Charter is all about, and why it’s important to get it right, I’d recommend the following reading list:
- Guardian: ‘Snoopers Charter’: Theresa May faces call to improve bill to protect privacy
- BBC News: Investigatory Powers Bill: May defends surveillance powers
- The Register: UK Snoopers’ Charter crashes through critics into the next level
- The Register: Labour will create FUD and then abstain on UK Snoopers’ Charter vote
FUD = Fear, Uncertainly, Doubt