back to article UK MPs have right old whinge about ‘defunct’ Wilson Doctrine

Parliamentarians have hit out against a ruling by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) that GCHQ is allowed to collect the communications of MPs, a move which seemingly ends the so-called Wilson Doctrine. Or does it? During parliamentary debate this week, Labour MP Chris Bryant said: "Until last Wednesday, it was thought …

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  1. nijam Silver badge

    > Home Secretary Theresa May told MPs there were a "number of misconceptions" about the ruling.

    Mostly her own, I expect.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Snail Mail

    All electronic communications are monitored? What is to stop these thousands ot terrorists using that old fashioned thing... what was it called? Oh yes... Mail.. Price of a stamp and an envelope and security assured. Even more so if ciphered.

    1. Velv
      Black Helicopters

      Re: Snail Mail

      Snail mail is equally susceptible to interception, with added disadvantage of the delay between sending and reading. Even tamper evident seals are easily replaced with the right resources behind you.

      Encrypting snail mail is possible but could be popped at either end if the security services really wanted to.

  3. NotMyRealName
    Facepalm

    May, or may not...

    Mark well Theresa May's weasel words: "Members of this House are not above the law or beyond the scope of investigatory powers." You have to give her full marks for wilful obfuscation! No-one was arguing that MPs should be above the law. If they contravene the law they can be investigated (and have been fined/jailed in some cases). And, since the Recall of MPs Act 2015, constituency voters can remove MPs found to have broken the rules (well, certain rules anyway).

    Sadly, with a handful of honourable exceptions, the MPs have only just woken up to the pervasive evil that is blanket surveillance. If they do not like the idea of all their own communications (e.g. with constituents, lawyers, other MPs, Ministers, parliamentary committees, lobbyists, etc.) being swept into the haystack, they might finally understand why Joe Public is so averse to it. Their late arousal might still achieve some good ... but I'm not holding my breath on that.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Novel Concept....The Law applies to ALL people

    If you don't like it as a politician then tough sh@t, don't be a politician. You are no better than anyone else and are certainly not above the law. Even if you are a monarch or just a minion.

    All the laws should be applied as equitably to one person as to all persons.

    Writing yourself an exclusion is illegal as far as I am concerned and as such should be ignored.

    Does not matter where you are, or who you are, we should all have equal rights and responsibilities under the law.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Novel Concept....The Law applies to ALL people

      Writing yourself an exclusion is illegal as far as I am concerned and as such should be ignored. .... Anonymous Coward

      Quite so, AC. And availing oneself of such a provision conveniently indelibly marks one as a person of particular and peculiar interest to leading secret security authorities and virtual protection services.

      Is it imagined anywhere that the likes of MI5/MI6/GCHQ supply competence and provide effective and efficient cover for leading secret security authorities and virtual protection services in Blighty? Or is the whole practical truth and nothing but a virtual reality somewhat different and disturbing and perturbing?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Did Sadiq Khan speak in this debate?

    Given that he was snooped upon back in 2008 (when his own party were in power), and it was found to be all lawful, proportionate and above board, I'd be interested to hear what his opinions are on the current controversy.

  6. phuzz Silver badge
    Big Brother

    Correction

    "Members of this House are not above the law or beyond the scope of investigatory powers," she added ominously, before turning and sweeping out of the chamber, flanked by her stormtroopers.

    Fixed that last paragraph for you elReg.

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