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Friday, October 07, 2005
Big Ears Backs Down
By Peter

Well, of course he did.

The "glorifying terorism" charge was so transparently unworkable that my seven-year old would not have given it credence (and she believes in Father Christmas).

The puzzle is how this proposal got into the Home Office proposals in the first place.

It is unlikely to be the work of some six-year old civil servant. A more likely explanation might be that Tony Blair read something in the Sun and told Clarke it was a good idea.

My guess is that they always knew if would have to go. But including in the White Paper meant they made headlines for a day ot too. And now Clarke will doubtless tell the House of Commons that he has made concessions and that locking people up without trial is really in the finest traditions of British justice....
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