Others posting on this thread are absolutely correct--England, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand? have maintained a total information awareness level of surveillance over their citizens...for...decades. How the author of this article and vast majorities of the citizens of these countries have been unable to perceive this simple fact is as disappointing as the government/military/intelligence apparatus elites' unrelenting efforts to achieve this level of control is disturbing. Perhaps it has been just too threatening psychologically for them to imagine.
This legislation merely seeks to 'legitimize' a de facto state of affairs in England, just as similar 'legalistic' processes have legitimized similar conditions in the US, Canada and Australia. How is it that so few anti-oligarchy, anti-fascist activists have missed the fundamental point that legislation such as this would not even surface in functioning democracies?
Our jobs as citizens of each of these countries is to organize, establish truth and reconciliation commissions, and expose the human beings running these governments for the benefit of the elites as enemies of their respective nations, enemies of democracy, enemies of liberty and guilty of treason against their peoples. The next step is to arrest them and try them as traitors. Otherwise, if we go along to get along, keep our heads down, cower before the 'deep state' bullies, our children will live in circumstances known to the Germans under hitler, the Italians under mussolini, the Spanish under franco, the Russians under stalin.
I prefer life in a democracy to life as a prisoner of state fascism.