‘One of Britain’s most senior police officers has said the country is in danger of a “drift towards a police state”.
Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, told the Guardian newspaper that under the UK’s current trajectory officers might be forced to adopt the role of “thought police” in the fight against extremism.
He called for government and civil society to have a discussion about where the line between free speech and extremism should be set, arguing that it was not the security services’ job to define such limits’
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