Theodore Dalrymple hits the nail on the head most effectively when he likens the current state of affairs in the UK to the end game of Hayek's classic 'Road to Serfdom'.
He writes in today's Times,
"I HAVE LIVED under a Latin American military dictatorship where daily life was freer than in Britain today. Of course, you couldn’t go out into the street and shout “Down with Señor Presidente”, at least not without dire consequences; on the other hand, you were considerably less surveyed, supervised and harried as you went about your business than you are in contemporary Britain."
Go read the whole thing