"In Britain today, counter-terrorism police are spending their time searching an MP's office, arresting him, holding him for nine hours, all on a day when British citizens are being killed on the other side of the world and all because, as far as I can see, he made public some information that was in the public interest, that the government found uncomfortable. Well, let's hope that our democracy hasn't come to that."
Nick Clegg (leader of the Lib Dems), also yesterday:
"This is something you might expect from a tin-pot dictatorship, not in a modern democracy ... Given the culture of extraordinary secrecy in Whitehall, it is getting harder to hold the government to account, and opposition MPs have a constitutional duty to keep ministers on their toes ... I call on Gordon Brown to rule out any further use of anti-terrorism powers in cases that have nothing to do with terrorism."
That's a top politician, folks. We have much less shielding.