VERY interesting development on the “42 days” issue. The Home Secretary has announced a new counter-terrorism Bill to be introduced “whenever necessary”. And she seems to have accused some on the civil liberties wing of the argument of ignoring the terrorist threat. Excellent.
And a strangely hesitant response from Dominic Grieve, the Shadow Home Secretary, who is taking a long time to claim that this means the government is performing a U-turn on the issue. Time will tell, once the dust settles.
He’s doing his standard “angry indignation” bit in response to being accused of being soft on terrorism. That gimmick gets a bit old and tired after a while. The faces on the benches behind Dominic suggest he might not be in the job much longer.
Two things concern me about Dominic Grieve. First, as a lawyer he seems overly concerned with maintaining the legal profession’s privileges; as his party’s front bench spokesman on the Proceeds of Crime Bill back in 2001, he bent over backwards to try to preserve judges’ discretion when it comes to whether or not to penalise drug dealers financially.
Secondly, and more importantly, am I the only person who thinks he’s a dead ringer for Walter Softie out of Dennis the Menace?