British comedian Frankie Boyle has spoken out about the Big Brother style investigatory powers bill, nicknamed The Snoopers Charter, warning people “all it takes is a misspelled search for ‘bong-making’ and suddenly you’ll be in an orange jumpsuit.”
In an article written for The Guardian newspaper, the comedian joked that Theresa May’s “permanently appalled expression” is due to witnessing his internet browsing history.
The home secretary launched her latest bid to pass the legislation, nicknamed the”snoopers’ charter”, after previous attempts failed to gain support within the Coalition government. Now legislating with a majority, she has announced a serious of changes to the bill to appease its detractors.
But Boyle is having none of it, launching a searing and typically humourous attack on the proposals.
He wrote: “The government wants to know what we’ve been thinking about, and what could be more sinister than that?”
Boyle imagines the world in which the new bill becomes law, where crimes of thought become less of a priority than physical acts.
“Ideological crime will be prioritised while actual crime is ignored, and we’ll adapt,”he wrote. “Eventually, when you see a mugging, you’ll just start WhatsApping emojis of bombs until you hear sirens.”
His opinion of May is left in little doubt, as he likens her to a “hawk that’s had a This Morning makeover” who’s only childhood affection came via “a horse (that) mistook her knuckles for a corn cob”.
Predictably the internet is glad Boyle has turned his unique style to taking on investigatory powers.
— Dane Elwell (@DaneElwell) November 10, 2015
Once again, Frankie Boyle pretty much nails it. https://t.co/1bhDbhswVL
— Dave M Roberts (@DMRobots) November 10, 2015
— Doug (@unslugged) November 10, 2015
And Boyle’s not the only one venting about May’s “snoopers’ charter” after Apple CEO Tim Cook aired his views on the proposed legislation earlier this week.