Oh my goodness! So the Government now plan to give themselves even more powers to stop us knowing what they’ve got up to. The provisions, under a clause in the Counter-Terrorism Bill, allow the Home Secretary to stop a jury being summoned, replace the coroner with a government appointee and baring the public from inquests.
I do sometimes have to pinch myself . Sadly – it’s the real deal. I think it all stems from the deepest of insecurities and the psychotic state Labour has got itself into in terms of believing that it must always have the most macho policies of anyone – and then some – and that introducing new legislation is the correct response to just about any problem. Well – I think they’re wrong on both scores.
Fighting terrorism requires public support and confidence in the official authorities – and the way to achieve that is by being open, transparent and frank. Labour’s measures, if introduced, won’t protect our security – they’ll just feed beliefs in cover-ups and conspiracies. The more people believe the state is the bad guy, doing things wrong and then covering them up, the less help people will give the state to fight terrorism. And that help is certainly needed.