Simon Davies: Visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and director of the human rights organisation Privacy International.
'Government authorities are destroying our ancient freedoms. It is time for Mr Thomas and the other watchdogs to start growling'.
Note: Mr Thomas is the information and data protection commissioner and Local Government Ombudsmen are commissioners for local administration in England.
I agree that Mr Thomas and Local Government Ombudsmen are toothless tigers but what Simon Davies fails to appreciate is that watchdogs are set up by the government for the government.
The Government has no intention of allowing watchdogs to be effective. That's why government appointed watchdogs are never given any teeth. Watchdogs are just part of the 'spin' cycle of national and local government.