Balancing rights can be difficult. There have been lots of debates recently about the right to privacy, in particular how much power the government should have to monitor our phone calls and emails. Some argue that surveillance is necessary to fight extremism and organised crime; others argue that it is an excessive invasion of privacy. This highlights how rights can be controversial and involve difficult trade-offs.
Students consider the precious liberties enjoyed by citizens of the United Kingdom and the role of the police. They debate and evaluate viewpoints and present reasoned arguments.