Well, I’ve blogged about my scepticism over the government’s case just once or twice before! But there’s also a good list of who has spoken out against increasing the current 28 day limit – and their key quotes – over on Liberal Conspiracy.
And these opponents are no starry-eyed people with their heads in the sky – they are hardened experts such as Lord Goldsmith – former attorney general, Ken Macdonald – head of the Crown Prosecution Service and Lord Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice. Given Lord Goldsmith’s willingness to back the war in Iraq then frankly – if even he thinks there is no need to go beyond 28 days, then that should give even the most loyal of Labour backbenchers pause for thought. I hope!
Why on God’s green earth would we want to give this bunch of incompetents running the government more power? Or the police for that matter. In the end it would be more calamities like the Menezies fiasco, will all the attendant ass covering and outright lying.