http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... ts-libertyLiberal Democrats will not abandon the cause of human rights and liberty
Civil liberties are a uniting issue for Liberal Democrats, while they divide other parties. We will carry on fighting for them
o Julian Huppert
o guardian.co.uk, Sunday 11 March 2012 12.51 GMT
We have already invested much time and effort in government to defend civil liberties. ID cards have been scrapped. DNA databases curtailed. Surveillance controlled. Child rights restored. Habeas corpus defended. Government data opened. It is unlikely that these changes to Labour's legacy would have been adopted by a Conservative government alone.
And yet, the defence of civil liberties, by its very nature, is a constant battle. Human rights are about protecting an individual from a state that will always want to curtail their freedom in the interests of security, or in a desire to achieve some social good.
The need for us to continue to defend civil liberties in government, and to bring this battle out into the public, is not a choice, it is right at the core of what it means for our party to be in politics. And it is right at the core of our continued support for this government.