Author Archives: Clare Algar

The Independent View: Why Lib Dems should vote against the Secret Courts Bill on Tuesday

On Tuesday, Liberal Democrat conference will debate a Bill which strikes at the heart of liberal principles. The Justice and Security Bill will effectively put ministers and government officials above the law. If this is to be avoided, it is essential that Liberal Democrats vote for the motion, unamended.

Under the Bill, the state will be able to kick anyone bringing a case against them out of court simply by claiming ‘national security’ is at risk – a claim which has been used to cover up Government involvement in torture and rendition all too often during the ‘War on Terror’.

Politicians will …

Posted in Op-eds and The Independent View | Tagged , and | 4 Comments

The Independent View: why proposals for secret trials should be opposed

A “chilling threat to liberty and justice” an “excessive and dangerous” move which would “shake our constitution to its common law roots” tilting it “towards the closed courts…so favoured by despots” and miring individuals in “Kafkaesque cases.”

As the Liberal Democrat Spring conference approaches, the disturbing potential of the Government’s plans to extend secret justice across the country’s civil courts has hit the headlines, with the Mail, Times, Guardian, Independent and FT all united in condemnation.

That sense of alarm is also becoming apparent within the party. Tom Brake, chair of the backbench …

Posted in Conference, News and Op-eds | Tagged and | Leave a comment
Advert



Recent Comments

  • John Hall
    I'd be more sympathetic if it wasn't for clear pro-Zionist bias and a reluctance to discuss fundamental Palestinian Human Rights in line with the Preamble to th...
  • Tristan Ward
    @ Jennie. Yes, I do know what "phenotype" means. it is observed characteristics as opposed to the genotype, which is of course the individual's genetic make ...
  • Peter Martin
    Martin, You do make a valid point about the degree of interaction between the main global economies. If the biggest of these, ie the USA, is tightening monet...
  • Mick Taylor
    Jennie is, as she often is, spot on in her observations about biology. I did some research and found a very useful definition of Phenotype from the National Hu...
  • John Innes
    Fourthed! Thank you Mark and team. I may no longer be a member of the party, having moved north of the border, but part of my heart is still with the Lib Dem...