Not more than 30 minutes ago I watched Tony Blair’s encrouchment on civil liberties get shot down thank God. He wanted to extend the permissable detention for terror suspects from 14 days without trial to 90 days without trial. Yes the police need time to investigate, but a quater of a year, with no ctrial?! I’m sorry, that is idiotic and simply unjust. Long term detention without trial may be OK for tyrants and country’s who are willing to ignore basic human rights (or who have milatary bases in Cuba which fall outside international law apparently) but I’d like to think the UK actually cares about freedom (and not in the triumphalist ‘we invented freedom’ of some nations either).
What seriously annoyed me was that Police chief constables wrote letters to MPs trying to influence their votes, and then the Police chief commisioner had the audacity to turn around and say the Police weren’t getting involved in politics! At least people saw sense and civil rights prevailed.