The police detain a journalist's partner under anti-terrorism legislation in what look likes an attempt at intimidation. The police supervise the destruction of computers on the premises of a national newspaper.
And what does Nick Clegg have to say about it?
The longer his silence continues, the harder it becomes not to share the conclusion of Liberator's blog: Nick is abandoning the party's traditional concern for civil liberties in order to make it easier for him to continue his coalition with the Conservatives after the election.
But, I hear you protest, Nick once vowed to go to prison rather than carry a compulsory ID card.
The trouble is, as I pointed out in April when writing about his failure to support libel reform, Nick has previous:
This pattern seems all too well established. Nick courts an interest group with almost exaggerated language - think students or civil libertarians who oppose secret courts - only to let them down when he gets the chance to do something about it in government.
I do not think people would mind being let down quite so much if Nick had not originally been so good at convincing them of his support for their cause.