For 13 years, our freedoms have been steadily eroded, our rights increasingly curtailed, our liberties smashed with a mallet and flushed down the crapper.
But now, what's that on the horizon, glowing gold and flapping its magnificent wings? Why it's the Bird of Liberal Paradise, Nick Clegg.
Cleggy, in a speech last night, began to outline how the Coalition of ConDems would begin to undo some of the horrors inflicted by Gordon Brown and the Authoritarian Left, promising a Blue 'n' Yellow version of the Great Reform Act.
And some good stuff might be in the pipeline. Just a few highlights from Clegg's speech:
“I’m talking about the most significant programme of empowerment by a British government since the great enfranchisement of the 19th Century ... It is time for a wholesale, big bang approach to political reform ...
“It is outrageous that decent, law-abiding people are regularly treated as if they have something to hide. It has to stop.
“..there will be no ID card scheme."
“No national identity register, no second generation biometric passports.
“We won’t hold your internet and email records when there is just no reason to do so.
“CCTV will be properly regulated, as will the DNA database, with restrictions on the storage of innocent people’s DNA.
“There will be no ContactPoint children’s database.
“Schools will not take children’s fingerprints without even asking their parent’s consent.”
“..we’ll review libel laws so that we can better protect freedom of speech"
Now, CF is as cynical as the next blogger, but even he can hope.
Of course the Coalition won't go as far as any Libertarian would wish. Of course some of the ideas will never come to pass, and some will be watered down to homeopathically useless levels. Of course, there are already significant omissions from the list: Human Rights, Nick?
But on the other hand, looking at that list, fuck yeah.
Hell, we may actually be heading the right direction here. We could actually have some classical liberals in power. We might see some .. what was the word? .. 'change'.
Can you believe it?