Both coalition partners in opposition were against the retention of innocents’ DNA on a national database, preferring the Scottish model where those accused have their DNA retained for a limited time. The Police, facist bastards that they are (they’re wearing black shirts these days, they’re not even pretending) want a universal DNA database, ID cards etc… and can’t see why this fundamentally changes the relationship of the Police to the people they serve, or worse, don’t care.
The Government has caved into the police lobby, releasing the news when Parliament is in recess, presumably hoping we Civil Liberties bores will be too busy watching the Cricket to give a stuff about a betrayal. Of course Cameron & Co will need the police to deal with the entrenched batallions of the left, who will smash things because the tax-payer is funding a pension slightly less generously than before (but still more generously than the tax-payers’). Or perhaps the right-wing populism “in control” of Government at News International has been replaced by right-wing populism of the Daily Mail. I don’t know.
But I do want Innocents’ DNA removed from the database. And so does the European court of Human rights.
Here’s what I wrote to my MP.
All I ask of you, my elected representative, that you hold the executive to account. Please could you hold them to account over this?
This is a shameless betrayal of the civil Libertarians who voted for both parties.