42 Days (1008 Hours or 60,480 Minutes) Detention Without Charge
And round it comes again. New Labour has been trying to extend the amount of time for detention-without-charge for years now, first under Blair and continuing under Brown. Back under Toe-Knee, the impetus and emphasis was all on extending it to 90 days to help in the Waronterra, essential, vital, crucial and other words designed to foster fear and uncertainty. Yet it ran aground in the House of Commons when the gummint was defeated, with the majority vote opting for the lesser increase to 28 days.
But they wouldn`t let it lie. Now El Gordo and his feeble Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, return to the refrain of essentiality and cruciality, squawking about how 42 days is utterly vital to the War On…yawwwn… etc. Gotta give em credit – they just don`t know when to quit, even in the face of plummetting poll ratings and a contempt for New Labourism which is crossing all communities throughout the nation. Now, you’d think that Labour MPs, or ministers for that matter, would be worried about losing their seats and might, just might think about knocking this idiotic, anti-democratic, anti-civil liberties proposal on the head. But instead they continue pushing it, with a sheer, bloody-minded determination that beggars belief. Why? The more they argue for it, the more I have to ask why? – it’s as if they`re taking orders, but the orders ain`t coming from us, the voters who pay their frelling wages!
And now that it seems that the vote might just go against the government, they`ve come up with a new wheeze which takes my breath away – they`re proposing to pay £3000 per day to anyone wrongly detained under the 42-day rule if passed, that is per day over the current limit of 28 days. Heard this on News24 this morning, and my jaw dropped open in disbelief – so now now we know the value of liberty today in the brave new Labour world of market mechanisms and PFI scamfloggery; 3000 quid per day.
Just when I thought Brown and his gag-and-vomit crew couldn`t get any lower, they hock up another pavement-pizza of a notion, just to prove me wrong. Please, God-or-whoever’s-in-charge, let them get a kicking when the vote comes round later today.
Otherwise, I may have to really get stroppy.
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