Clegg signals control orders to go

In the Hugo Young lecture tonight, Nick Clegg all but said that control orders were to go when – in pre-prepared comments in the middle of the speech – he said:

Old progressives pose a trade-off between individual liberty and national security. But, for liberals, liberty is the guarantor of our security. It is a false trade-off. For old progressives, national priorities will automatically trump individual freedoms. By contrast, the Coalition Government has already halted ID cards, and set out plans to regulate CCTV and end the indefinite storage of innocent people’s DNA. We will also shortly be published the results of our counter-terrorism review.

Voluntarily raising the issue of civil liberties, disdaining the false trade-off between liberty and security – and then leaving hanging at the end of the section the reference to the forthcoming review – combined would not be what someone knowing that control orders may continue would choose to do.

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  • I have just come back from Nick’s lecture. I’ll wait and see regarding control orders. It may seem to you Mark that Nick threw the dog a bone, but he promised nothing. I did learn that I may be a ‘new progressive’ though. Whatever that means…

  • where does he say that control orders are to go? He says a review will be published shortly but nothing more. What about detention of children……still waiting.

  • I really hope this is true as control orders are simply retention without trail and are unacceptable in my view

  • “What about detention of children……still waiting.”

    There is a fairly extensive pilot scheme underway for a system which only involves detention as an extreme last resort (and then not overnight). That last figure I saw for the number of children in detention for immigration purposes was 0.

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