Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A Rejoinder to Charles Clarke

The infamous emails from Charles Clarke have already been well dissected in the blogosphere - both his pathetic attempts to try and organise a poll that could claim public "support" for his draconian anti-terror laws, and his climbdown yesterday. I want to pick up on one other point.

Clarke criticised the Tories and the Lib Dems for refusing to work with the Labour government towards creating a consensus on this issue. Looking at the vote today, it seemed to me there was a cross-party consensus. The Tories, the Lib Dems, and significant numbers of the Labour party all agreed that 90 days in detention without trial was far too much. Mr Clarke, consensus doesn't mean getting people to agree with you. It means finding a mutually agreeable solution. Hopefully you can now recognise this.