UK Liberty

That settles it!

Posted in detention without charge, law and order by ukliberty on October 9, 2007

The BBC:

Sir Ian [Blair, Met Police chief] conceded that there have been no cases so far where detention beyond 28 days had been needed …

The government’s independent reviewer of terrorism laws, Lord Carlile, agreed there was no evidence of a case so far in which it could be shown that detention beyond 28 days would have made a significant difference.

‘Nuff said!

If you don’t need it you can’t have it.

If you want it you can bloody well prove you need it.

Shadow home secretary David Davis said: “We have the longest period of detention without trial in the democratic world.

“Any increase needs to be based on evidence – not guesswork – that it is needed to protect the public.”

And Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Nick Clegg said: “In the absence of any compelling evidence it is a mystery why Sir Ian Blair, Gordon Brown and [home secretary] Jacqui Smith seem so determined to reopen this debate.”

It isn’t a mystery at all – it’s all about political expediency, not justice, but buying votes with people’s lives.

Labour is attempting to look “tough on terrorism”, attempting to outflank the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats on law and order issues.

Don’t fall for it.

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  1. […] covered the second-most recent call at the beginning of the month in a post entitled, “That settles it!“, after  which I (naively) concluded that if someone conceded there were no cases where […]


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