I had a couple of emails wondering why 28 days detention without charge was being carried on for another six months as announced in the press this week.
Basically – the measure has to be renewed annually or you get left with nothing at all. The deadline to lay the new annual order arrived but the review of this particular measure along with other counter-terrorism legislation is not ready. So – the Home Secretary has extended the 28 days measure just long enough (ie not the whole year) to cover the time needed. In fact – it might have been able to be even shorter – but the recess comes in the middle – hence the six months.
The sooner we get to reduce it the better!
The extension of this order may come to a vote – or not – depending. It will be interesting to see what Labour do as, if you remember, it was Labour who wanted 90 days detention without charge.
28 days was a face-saving climb down position from a Labour back-bencher which was eventually agreed to as the only way of stopping Labour’s mad anti-civil liberties drive. Given that even the 28 days isn’t actually used – 90 days is now exposed as complete authoritarian madness – which it was – Labour authoritarian madness.