UK Liberty


Posted in detention without charge, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on June 1, 2008

The BBC:

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Lord Goldsmith said passing the anti-terror bill would help destroy the “very basis of free society that our ancestors fought so hard to create”.

The Labour peer, who was attorney general when Tony Blair made a failed bid to increase the detention limit to 90 days, said: “There can be no mistake that extending the period suspects can be held without charge is a very serious incursion on our fundamental freedoms.”

His comments have been criticised by fellow Labour peer Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, who asked why he “sat on his hands” when Mr Blair tried to increase the limit.

Speaking on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, she said: “Isn’t it amazing how after office suddenly people discover what their values ought to be?”

But nevertheless good that he is speaking out these days.


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