Have the population really had enough and are starting to turn on this mendacious lot?
The daily hate I know, but even a broken watch is right twice a day.Civil liberties campaigners have united in an unprecedented coalition to fight state intrusion into everyday lives.
Politicians, lawyers, human rights campaigners and celebrities joined forces over the weekend to form the Convention on Modern Liberty - a call to arms for Britons to stand up for their democratic rights.
They warned that the erosion of traditional freedoms and the emergence of surveillance techniques was pushing the nation to the brink of becoming a Big-Brother police state.
More than 1,500 people gathered across eight British cities to hear from 80 expert speakers --including the former director of public prosecutions Ken Macdonald, the human rights lawyer Dame Helena Kennedy, author Philip Pullman and musician Brian Eno.
The convention raised concerns about issues such as the alleged torture of Guantanamo Bay suspects, plans for ID cards, DNA databases and controversial surveillance powers being used by civil servants.
There was also strong criticism of Government plans to create a database of all the communications and movements of ordinary people.
Former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis told the BBC yesterday: 'We've got a situation where the Government is building databases for everybody from cradle to grave and they're going to know almost everything about all of us.
'They want a database of every single email, text, telephone call, which they can then search.'
Dame Helena warned: 'There is a general feeling that in creating a climate of fear people have been writing a blank cheque to government.
'People feel the fear of terrorism is being used to take away a lot of rights.'
The speakers also attacked judges who allowed libel law to be manipulated by 'dodgy characters' from all over the world who use UK courts to suppress valid investigative journalism.