February 25, 2005

House arrest bill 'unjustified and rushed'

The joint commitee on human rights has conclude, very quickly, that the House arrest bill is unjustified and rushed:
"The joint committee on human rights said there was currently 'no justification' for the proposed house arrest powers, which the home secretary, Charles Clarke, intends to keep in reserve.

These powers would allow politicians 'wide and unprecedented' powers of detention, yet the legislation was being 'rushed through parliament at a speed which prevents proper scrutiny', the report warned."
I guess someone managed to actually read it. As for the 'justifications' that are being wheeled out the Guardian also has another article pointing out how similar it is to a speach in the Alan Bennet play, a speach that was intended as parady.


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