Before the last general election, I posted about the implications of what was already obvious, that the largest party would be the Conservatives but that they would not have an overall majority. I suggested that we could support a minority Conservative government on three fronts which would not be possible with Labour: sound finances (obviously), decentralisation of government and restoration of individual freedoms. As it turned out, we were virtually forced by the international financial situation to form a binding coalition, but the predicted benefits have largely come forward. The last of these emerged earlier this week in the form of the Protection of Freedoms Act.
Peter Black has more details and Jonathan Calder relays comments from long-time supporters of civil rights.