Labour’s war on… trainspotters

January 6, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Posted in British Politics | Leave a comment

First they came for our public houses, then our Post Office, and then our poor, mocked and maligned trainspotters:

The Prevention of Terrorism Act 2000 has been used to stop 62,584 people at railway stations and another 87,000 were questioned under “stop and search” and “stop and account” legislation.

Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Norman Baker, who uncovered the figures, warned that Britain was heading towards a “police state”.

He said: “Law-abiding passengers get enough hassle on overcrowded trains as it is without the added inconvenience of over-zealous policing.

“The anti-terror laws allow officers to stop people for taking photographs and I know this has led to innocent trainspotters being stopped.

I’m not sure even George Orwell could’ve had the foresight to predict how comically silly our anti-terror laws can be. It’s more like something out of an Alan Bennett play.

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