Coalition Government to let 28 day detention lapse…

Not entirely unexpected, but this would be on of those cornerstone ‘civil liberties’ issues that binds the two government parties at the hip… Damian Green:

“This Government is clear that the power to detain terrorist suspects for up to 28 days before they were charged or released was meant to be an exceptional power. This was always Parliament’s intention.

“But under the last government it became the norm, with the renewal of 28 days repeatedly brought before the House. This was despite the power rarely being used.

“Since July 2007 no-one has been held for longer than 14 days despite the many terrorists arrested since then. This is a testament to the efforts of our prosecutors, our police and our intelligence agencies.”

  • Cynic2

    “This is a testament to the efforts of our prosecutors, our police and our intelligence agencies ” …. whom, as I seem to recall, never asked for 28 days in the first place until bludgeoned into it by the Home Office and Minsters desperate to appear tough

  • Drumlins Rock

    Mick, thought you were a bit more neural in your reporting than to use the ConDem lable for the coalition Government, however if you insist on using it will you also refer to the SinnDup government at Stormont?

  • Mick Fealty

    I am generally, I just made it easier to write the headline. I will watch that in future.

  • Drumlins Rock

    I wont tell Cameron 7 Clegg this time 🙂

    Do you think this is the start of a common sense approach to government?

    PS still waiting for my invite to be a slugger judge!

  • fordprefect

    What’s wrong? They afraid the terrorists Blair and Bush would be held for 28 days for the terrorist actions they ordered in Iraq and Afghanistan (to name but two countries)? Or does the term terrorist still apply to people of dusky appearance or with oirish accents?

  • Clanky

    And not before time, proof if ever it was needed that UK politics has been turned on it’s arse, a Conservative government reversing draconian civil rights infringements introduced by Labour.