Saturday, 16 March 2013

Secret courts

David Howarth (Dr Julian Huppert's predecessor as MP for Cambridge) explains why Part II of the Crime and Justice Bill is so wrong:

In the aftermath of the 2010 general election result, when I assumed that there was going to be a minority Conservative government, I wrote: "one would expect Cameron to make good his promises about civil liberties". This was partially correct. For white non-Muslim citizens, the coalition has swept away Labour's moves towards an intrusive state. For others, it seems that the coalition is as in thrall to the security services as Labour was. What is worse, it seems to have taken the rest of the parliamentary Liberal Democrats along with it.

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