When we hear of detention without charge, we think of the governments repeated attempts to impose 14, 28, 52, 90 days detention whilst police put the case together. This has been repeatedly defeated in the House of Commons, but…
The Tories answer to this was, continue the investigation after arrest and charge, i.e. arrest someone, detain and question for the legal permitted time, then charge them, then continue the questioning and the investigation.
Following on from the signing of the Lisbon Treaty, Tim Worstall writes that you can now expect that they’ll be harmonising the legal systems soon enough and this is the sort of thing which will happen:
An Italian teenager suspected of killing his mother – a well known
author of a guide to the Harry Potter books – will remain in prison for
a year while the investigation continues, a judge has ruled.
Note that this is not on remand, awaiting trial.
After two hours of interrogation, the judge decided that there is enough evidence to hold him in custody pending formal charges.
It’s a year in jail before formal charges are laid down. A year
before he even knows what he will be charged with, a year before he has
any possibility of attempting to refute the charges, a year before he
can even start to prove his innocence (not that I think he is going to
be able to do that but that’s another matter).
This is what is at the heart of the seemingly arcane matter of being
able to continue to interrogate (which we do not currently allow) after
It’s in direct contravention of the basics of the current legal
system, that you can only be held (with a few day’s grace that is) once
you’ve been charged.
No, I don’t look forward to the English courts adopting this system,
but I fear that it will either be forced upon us….or that the current
shower will continue taking us down the road to it.
The NuLab government of Gordon Brown has ensured that we in the UK are now part of that same Authoritarian world.
you are sick of being spied on by your own government, being told what
to do, what to eat and drink, being told what you can and cannot say or think,
having your personal data forcibly collected then databased, lost,
corrupted and made worthless by the government, the Libertarian option is open to each and every one of you.
the Libertarian Party website to see how you can help to reverse this
immoral trend of mass surveillance and overwhelming technology enforced Statism.
They hope to bring you a manifesto as soon as possible.
you have an interest in joining us here at the Libertarian Party, or
would just like to register your support, please us the contact page on lpuk.org
If, however, you want to get involved in policy-making, general discussion and cat-herding, you can register on the Libertarian Party Forum. This is where most of the exciting stuff is happening, so wander over and introduce yourself…
If you want to know what Libertarianism is all about, see the values of the Libertarian in a nice video format.
The message to the other political parties is clear.
The United Kingdom, its Institutions, its Peoples, its Culture, Constitution and history are not for sale.