Sunday, March 13, 2005

The Prevention of Terrorism Act

So it is through, finally. Mostly I avoided all and any coverage of it simply because the reporting was so exceptionally bad. You have Charles Kennedy et al saying its a threat to civil liberties, waving Magna Carta around, and apparently no single journalist has a memory to remind these politicians that guaranteeing judicial review in a war-time situation is, in fact, a new development, an extension of those liberties that are not in our law in the first place.

For what it's worth I think judicial review would be a good thing, though I am mightily pissed off by now having judges making increasingly political decisions. That is what ministers are there for. The law is there to make people toe the line, not to decide what the line is.

All in all, however, the Tory party seems to be doing its level-best to ensure I vote Labour come Election day.

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