Thursday, June 12, 2008

42 days, David Davis, and the death of the Labour party

The 42 days incarceration without trial got through with the backing of the DUP, for which some sort of dodgy deal was undoubtedly done. For me, this represents the death of the Labour party as a progressive force.

It is strange to see David Davis be the standard bearer of civil liberties. I have never thought of him as being the obvious trailblazer, but at least this will keep the issue in the news and will ensure that the arguments against this illiberal and undemocratic legislation do not go away.

It is simply unacceptable to lock people up without charge, and if the Government feel that there is any mileage in trying to win those over who will provide the necessary intelligence, they are going about it in the wrong way.

I do not think that a supposed obsession with safety excuses blatant ignoring of civil liberties.

No comments: