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.

Read more by or more about .
This entry was posted in Parliamentary by-elections.


  • “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.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • User AvatarDavid Raw 20th Sep - 9:33pm
    @ nvelop I don't know whether you're being provocative or just ill informed. Probably both. Before the NHS was introduced in 1948 the patchwork of...
  • User AvatarEd Shepherd 20th Sep - 9:25pm
    Externally marked exams that are open to anyone are a way in which people from underprivileged or non-traditional backgrounds can compete with people from privileged...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 20th Sep - 9:24pm
    @ JoeB, "Ultimately, as a nation, we can only consume what we collectively produce from the application of labour and physical capital to natural resources...
  • User Avatarnvelope2003 20th Sep - 8:11pm
    David Raw: There was a National Health Service before 1948 when it was nationalised. I have some letters dated 1923 headed "National Health Service". Improvements...
  • User Avatarpaul barker 20th Sep - 7:46pm
    An average of the last 10 Polls puts us on 9.7%; take the last 5 only & that becomes 10.7%. 6 Months ago we were...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 20th Sep - 7:16pm
    Richard That is so, but the point is, we do compete in the world, and it is more precarious international competitveness, no doubt worth altering...