Thursday, January 24, 2008

Terror laws - should it be 28 or 42?

Just over two years ago Tony Blair experienced his first Commons defeat. A healthy majority of 66 was turned into a 31-vote defeat on the key vote on the terrorism bill. Tony Blair, a prime minister who possessed impressive skills of persuasion, could not convince enough of his own MPs to back an increased limit of 90 days on the detention of terrorism suspects without charge, even with the vocal support of the chief constables.

Today's news sets the scene for the next battle as it appears that the government is pressing ahead with plans that would allow the police to hold terrorism suspects for up to 42 days before they are charged.

Where do you stand on this one? A necessary evil or a step too far?

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