In May 2015 David Cameron made a speech that was a warning shot of what was to come. “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance. This Government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach.” The Independent noted at the time that as far as the government was concerned, Britain should not leave people to lead their own lives.
At the time, Theresa May was Home Secretary who had already introduced some of the most authoritarian laws Britain had ever witnessed. From banning legitimate protest to the use of secret courts, from the Investigatory Powers Act to the construction of the West’s most intrusive surveillance state – in history. The greatest skill sets of our current PM has been the suppression of free-speech, degrading of hard-won civil liberties and the slow destruction of human rights built up over the generations.