Being Safe Is More Important Than Being Free

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Being safe is more important than being free.
Since the previous election of 2010 till our current day there have been debates in regards to how far Britain should allow freedom to stretch whilst maintaining a good level of safety. There are many facets to safety and freedom from domestic levels, regional, national and global levels. A recent example of this being the UK government selling off British NHS patients details to USA insurers, infringing upon our right to privacy. This is often seen as a breach of safety in eyes of many; however, it is evident that Human rights were not upheld and safety was considered to be a bigger factor in this circumstance. ‘Safety’ is a multi- faceted term which takes on many definitions; to the state it can be classified as the need to use sovereign powers to make big decision regardless of the consequences in order to protect its citizen. Citizens understanding of safety may range from street safety and the endorsement of CCTV to act as a deterrent against ‘petty’ crimes or on a more grand scale safety is defended in the Human Rights Act such as rights in the work place and health and safety requirements. However, the most generically used definition, according to the Oxford Dictionary is “The condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk or injury.” Irrespective of the optimistic view that Britain is often regarded as, the “perfect” balance between safety and freedom, Susan George adopts a more pessimistic stance
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