Your safety is at risk

I’m not kidding.

The Conservative Party manifesto includes legislation that mandates “backdoors” in all forms of communications that only the Security Services will be able to access and that will allow them to read encrypted communications, in the interests of national security.

Sound reasonable?

Let’s change this up. “The Conservative Party manifesto includes legislation that mandates explosives set into every form of aeroplane and motor vehicle which only the Security Services can access and that will allow them to explode any car or plane, in the interests of national security”.

Don’t be fooled, these two are wholly equivalent.

You may be thinking “but if only the Security Services can access them, no problem”. Well. For forty years, SS and SIS (publicly known as MI5 and MI6) were hunting Soviet agents embedded at their highest levels of security clearance. You think they’re clean now?

Are you willing to bet your life on it?

Even if you are, what about Hillary Clinton’s email? The Democratic National Congress? Hacked by the Russians. What about the WannaCry malware that damn nearly crippled the NHS less than ten days ago? That exploit was stolen from the American NSA and British GCHQ and dumped on the internet for anyone to make use of. They’d been hoarding it for years but guess what? Not secure enough.

Nothing is or ever can be secure enough.

You can’t ensure that only the Government knows how to explode the bomb in your car. You can’t ensure that only the Government is reading your bank details or your medical history or rifling your research or stalking your daughter.

You cannot, in all good conscience, permit this to become policy.

I am naturally conservative and a very strong believer in national security. I believe SIGINT is incredibly important. That is why we should never simply give it away, and Government is not sophisticated enough — nobody is! — to guard it. Nobody. Especially not Government, home to a thousand failed IT projects, laptops left on trains, spies, moles, fools and the incompetent.

To put this in the clearest possible terms, the Conservative Party manifesto is a terrifying threat to national security. It may be that Jeremy Corbyn and Labour are weak and incompetent but it’s not proven yet. In the case of the Conservatives, it’s undeniable.

If you value national security or your own security, you cannot vote Conservative. It’s an unpleasant thing to tell you but it’s the truth.

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