I have a friend who works in the Shadow Home Office team so I know that David Davis was passionate about the issue of 42 days detention. I had no idea he was quite this angry about it.
The Labour bloggesphere is tied in knots over this. They are trying to double guess the motives behind it, their speculation shows why they are a spent force in British politics. While they try to find the media spin angle or the hidden leadership bit they miss the blindingly obvious fact that their actions are wrong. Deeply and dangerously wrong.
The full arguments of this issue need to be put into the wider public domain. This by-election will force people to address what is actually at stake here, the subtle but relentless increase in the power of the state and the erosion of the rights of the individual.
There are many historic examples of what happens when the individual freedoms are discarded because of the amplified threat from elsewhere. Stalinist Russia, China under Mao, Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, Germany under Hitler, Cuba under Castro.
The enemy was at various times the Jews, the Bolshivics, the Western Imperialists, the Contra-revolutionist etc. The threat was always much less than the regime painted it to be, the suffering under their own government was always far greater.
As the man behind the Devil’s Kitchen blog once said “1984 is a warning, not a f***ing instruction manual.”