There's an excellent article in today's Observer by Henry Porter about the state of civil liberties in Britain today and the creeping police state:
At one point, one of the commenters quotes an appropriate passage from Orwell's 1984. There are many others.
Staying at my parents' a couple of months ago, I was scanning the bookcase when I woke up and picked up a copy of 1984, deciding it would be a good candidate for a re-read, given I'd originally read it when I was 12 or 13 and hadn't re-examined it as an adult. I was frankly shocked at how accurately it predicts today's world of government-driven paranoia and control
Well worth picking up and devoting a few hours to.
At this level: