The UK is just as bad as the US. Gee, why am I not suprised?
Both countries have been inexorably morphing more and more into fascist states since 9/11. Actually, since the so-called war on drugs. But it's heated up since 2001. "Terrorism" is the new bogeyman du jour, just as "Communism" was during the Cold War. Empire is never happy unless it has an enemy on the horizon. Much easier to control people that way. And guess what? Millions of those people are happy to fall into line.