… but in which direction I have no idea.
The Lib Dems might withdraw their support for government plans to give the police new powers to monitor email and internet use, the BBC has learned.
Party sources say leader Nick Clegg is ready to use a parliamentary report, due out next week, to oppose the plans.
The draft Communications Data Bill would allow police access to details of people’s email and internet use, which many Lib Dems oppose.
But Home Office sources insist the bill would become law by 2014.
At the moment, the police and intelligence services can get access to information about people’s mobile phone use.
The bill would extend those powers to cover email and the internet. The authorities would be able to see details of who communicated with whom, and when and where, but they would not be able to see the content of the message.