Freedom Bill: good news and bad news

Josie Appleton writes in Spiked:

The changes in the Freedom Bill are a fundamental shift of principle and substance. They have been presented as a generous gift of deputy PM Nick Clegg to his people, but the thing about freedom is that it is won not given. The key changes in the Freedom Bill – also including the limitation on local authority surveillance powers, the abolition of ID cards, a limit on stop and search – are actually the result of hard work from libertarian activists and the bravery and right-mindedness of volunteers and others who have stood up to these rules.

The Freedom Bill is therefore not the last word, but rather an encouraging sign that the state is susceptible to public pressure after all. So civil liberties activists and freedom-loving individuals should allow ourselves a moment of celebration – and then get back to work.