I hope all of you have had a good break over the festive season. A new year's a good time to look back over the one just past and new challenges up ahead.
In 2013 more than ever, our kind of politics dominated the news- surveillance, technology, democracy, privacy, whistleblowing, freedom of speech and the social media were constantly in focus.
In many ways 2013 was the year of “we told you so”. For some time now we've been warning about the state's constant calls for invading people's privacy. But even I was shocked by the true extent of mass surveillance revealed by the brave decision of Edward Snowden to blow the whistle. More than anything it has revealed that as far as GCHQ are concerned anything we say or do is fair game. In our country suspicion is now our way of life.