Sunday Herald: We must beware the erosion of our civil liberties
By Iain Macwhirter
"CONSENSUAL" stop and search; gun totin' polis appearing on Scottish streets; criminalisation of "offensive" songs at football matches, "super" identity cards.
You could be forgiven for thinking that Scotland is turning ever so slowly into a police state.
Of course, we still have the rule of law in Scotland and citizens cannot, on the whole, be banged up at random, unless they are terrorist suspects. Nor are our police on the whole corrupt, politicised or aligned with organised crime.