So what happened to Cameron's opposition to such things? Worse still, the Tea-boys...sorry, Lib Dems?
They did scrap the ID
card idea, the whole civil liberties trend much trumpeted before ended there however. One suspects now that was actually about the costs.
David Davis, a more Liberal minded - on some issues at least - Tory MP
has attacked this. Though he was a rival to Cameron to be Tory leader in 2005, however he seems sincere on this.
Some reckon this is really about 'officials' wanting this for years, who have been agitating for a long time, when you are essentially a lightweight politically, as most of the Coalition is, they have more chance of getting their way in the end.
Wonder what 'Big Beast' Ken Clarke makes of this, it's partly on his patch.
GCHQ has quite enough power and resources (I'm currently reading an excellent history of that service) - especially with their strong links to the NSA in the US and their resources, to deal with these sorts of threats.
There are plenty of actual Islamist terrorist/plotters, serving long sentences in HM
Prisons, often in part due to monitoring by GCHQ.
Sneaking this in, or trying to, will create a shit storm. The government currently is wading in enough of that already.
To paraphrase 'Alex' from A Clockwork Orange
, to the Lib dems, 'show us your yarballs, if you've got any....'