As someone who opposed the 28 day period of detention without trial I am implaccably against an extension of this.
The government has run into huge difficulty trying to persuade enough people to support the extension they crave. They have rumoured they plan to increase it substantially, floating various lengths of time. Today we learn that they are now thinking such an extension should only take place if Parliament approves it when needed.
Why then take action now about it? Parliament can always vote for emergency powers in extreme circumstances. There is no need for such action today. The government still has to produce a single case where they think they could have stopped a terrorist incident or obtained a conviction if they had been able to detain someone for longer without charge or trial.
Guantanamo Bay has been a blot on Western democracy. Internment in Northern Ireland did not stop the violence during the troubles. Why is this government so blind to the need to protect our liberties? Why does it wish to make endless extensions to state power? Why can’t it see how unpopular it is, even if it can’t see how wrong it is?