The most unlikely by-election candidate suggestion so far

So you’re thinking of running a candidate against David Davis because you support 42 days detention without trial. And you think it would be a good idea for that person to be the victim of an act of terrorism. Who do you think of? Umm … in this case, someone who has actually been a persistent and vocal opponent of 42 days detention without trial. Genius.

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  • “A very public sociologist” made a very good suggestion at the comments section:

    “If Luke Akehurst is so keen on 42 days why doesn’t he volunteer himself to be Labour’s candidate?”

  • “Because it is too far away, and thus impractical, apparently.”

    But he thought it wouldn’t have been too far away for you? Interesting.

  • “I am now asking readers to say whether they think I should go and campaign with DD, so would be interested to know what people think on that subject.”

    As you asked, no.

    I can’t see into David Davis’s mind, so I can’t really tell why he is doing this. But I can see that, logically, it can not be a principled stance, because he supports detention without charge for 28 days.

    He feels it’s acceptable for people to be locked up without charge for 4 weeks, but not for 6 weeks. That’s something, I suppose, but it doesn’t seem to me like a reason for _positively_ supporting him.

    In fact I wish somebody who was _really_ committed to civil liberties would stand against him and put the case for reducing the period of detention without charge below 28 days.

    Because if no one is making that case, the authoritarians are really having it all their own way.

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