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Sunday, March 02, 2008

42 may not be the answer after all

I have just picked this up from yesterday's Guardian. They are reporting that there is a very real possibilty of a government defeat on plans to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days.

A survey by the paper has found that as many as a third of the party's 205 backbench MPs could rebel against the government. A lot of credit for the possible loss of this proposal is being given to Shami Chakrabarti, the director of Liberty, who is engaged on what is being dubbed the "war of the tea rooms", a series of debates with Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, held before Labour MPs.

Whether the change in the law goes through or not appears to hinge on the votes of opposition parties such as the Democratic Unionists.
If the Labour govt comes to depend on the DUP to get its laws through, what will that say about where New Labour has travelled to?

Another nail in Labour's coffin.
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