It's possible, with the benefit of hindsight, to look back on the dark days of New Labour's attack on civil liberties and smile. Regardless of how appallingly wrongheaded ID cards or 90-day detention were, they at least were a response to a real fear - that of international terrorism.
Today, Theresa May is implementing draconian legislation because she had a bad dream.
Asked repeatedly on the Today programme what made her think there is a problem with health tourism in the UK, she was unable to do so. Instead she fell back on the "perception" of health tourism and that "most people are saying it's not fair".
She is now legislating for dreams. She's like the villain in a children's cartoon.
Her solution is to bring in a levy on migrants to pre-pay for NHS treatment they may or may not get and, more importantly, to force doctors to check people's immigration status.
Fortunately, May's bad dream is just that: a dream. There is no evidence at all of significant levels of health tourism inRead More »from Turning doctors into immigration police costs more than it saves