Dame Stella is right today to complain that the government is using fear of terrorism as an excuse to take away liberties and create a police state. The only thing I take issue with in her statement is that the government is not using the fear of terrorism of the people so much as its own fear of terrorism.
We need a government which polices our borders better, but respects our traditions of innocence until proven guilty, trial by jury, no detention without charge or trial, and the right of most to go about their daily lives without government spying and intrusion.
Above all we want a government which targets its enforcement activities against violence on those who can be reasonably suspected of possible violence, not by placing everyone under surveillance. Guards and gates are expensive, clumsy and often do not work if there are dedicated groups who want to carry out acts of violence.
Place suspects under surveillance, and uphold the freedoms of the rest of us. Learn to target. Most people are not potential terrorists, so don’t waste time checking them, and don’t waste money watching them as if they might be. If you watch the borders better, you can interview people who arrive who have a history of association and statements that causes concern, and can interview UK citizens who have been to places where terrorist training occurs. Those are two small groups most worthy of investigation.