Thursday, 18 January 2007

Big Brother Shocker!

by Charles Pooter

No not that Big Brother, the real one. The eagle-eyed Guy Herbert of Samizdata and NO2ID has alerted his readers to yet another disgraceful piece of police-state legislation being introduced by the members (see defintion 2b) in Westminister. The Serious Crimes Bill allows detention without trial for up to five years. Read Guy's post or the Telegraph article he quotes.

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever…


Guy Herbert said...

Thanks for the plug, but that's a bit of a misreading of the Bill. It would not create detention without trial, but prison sentences of up to five years for doing (or failing to do) things that are *not illegal*, if the person concerned had been ordered not to do (or to do) them under powers created in the Bill.

Charles Pooter said...


Thanks for the clarification, but when does the defendent get a chance to defend himself?