I was going to write a riposte to this hand-wringing piece on Harry’s Place (basic argument: “Those who defeated the Government today have the blood of imaginary people in an imaginary situation of entirely my own concoction on their hands! Bastards!”), but Jim Bliss writes a far superior post than I could ever manage. Best bit:
“The police” are not asking for 90-days. “The police Blair’s listening to” are asking for it. Some others may be asking for 42 days, or 28 days, or 5 years. But listen; even if all of them… every single person wearing a police uniform… agreed that 90 days was required, so what? The police do not make the laws. They enforce those laws that we, the people, believe are required. They work for us and they do what we tell them to do. They do not tell us what powers they should have. We grant them such powers as we choose to grant.
Incidentally, none of the armchair generals at Harry’s Place and the like have really satisfactorily answered one thing on my mind: If the price of being free from arbitrary detention without trial at the hands of the state really is dozens of British deaths per year from terrorism, then why isn’t that price worth paying, in the same way that they believe the liberation of Iraq is worth thousands of Iraqi deaths? Unless… no, that’s not a very nice thing to accuse anyone of.