Friday, February 20, 2009

Police still spying on unions

What do you think it takes to get on the police's criminal investigation database? The sensible answer would be that it would contain reports of crimes - burglaries, murders, stolen cars, that sort of thing. Instead, it is being used to track day-to-day union business: pickets, meetings, public campaigns.

This is outrageous. Quite apart from the fact that it is a complete waste of resources, it is treating peaceful groups like criminals. And that should be utterly unacceptable in a democracy.