Jacquiiii Smith wants your well-informed opinion on allowing her to snoop on you.
Ministers are planning a massive increase in their capacity to collect records of people using e-mail, social networking sites and on line game sites, amid fears they are being exploited by terrorists and serious criminals.
The plans to record the details on a huge database are being driven by an explosion in electronic means of communication including social networking, auction sites, video sites and telephoning over the internet. ..the use of multiple user names is thwarting efforts to link individuals to their on line identities.
Jacqui Smith's announcement today that ministers are considering new powers will prompt fears that the UK is heading towards a "Big Brother" state with the authorities able to monitor the public's every move online.
The original proposal, which was this week criticised by Lord Carlisle, the independent reviewer of anti-terror laws, had been due to be put before MPs in the Communications Data Bill next month.
However, in a speech, Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, announced that she was delaying the Bill in order to expand the extent of surveillance powers open to the security services, while consulting further on the best way to win public support for the plan.
She added: "The consultation will begin in the New Year and I want this to be combined with a well-informed debate characterised by openness, rather than mere opinion, by reason and reasonableness.
"In this, as in the other work we do, my aim is to achieve a consensus and I hope that others will approach the serious issues posed for our national security capabilities in the same spirit."
Jacquiiiii, if you want my opinion, "characterised by openness, rather than mere opinion, by reason and reasonableness" then I merely can say go screw yourself with broken bottle, and likewise to the rest of the stalinist prodnoses who think they can scare the British people into giving away our freedoms.