...those inciting violence get off scot-free. A 15-year-old boy was recently charged on the spot for holding a banner describing scientology as a "dangerous cult", but extremists such as Abu Hamza are left free for years to incite violence and vitriol against this country.
As we know, the 15 year old boy will not face any charges as the CPS backed down on a hastily-issued summons within hours because the City of London Police got it wrong in the first place. Abu Hamza is currently serving a 7 year sentence for assorted charges. Hardly getting off scot-free. And he may well find himself facing extradition to the US as well.
I know that I'd rather live in a country where the judiciary refused to extradite someone like Abu Hamza to Yemen because he may face capital punishment if convicted. Even a man who professes to hate our system can still receive our protection.
Mind you, that champion of liberty, David Davis, doesn't mind the idea of capital punishment - something that then Liberal Democrat spokesman Mark Oaten (where is he now, eh?) described as
the most obscene remark made by a senior politician in recent years and signals a shift to the right of terrifying proportionsSo, 42 days is a step too far, but lethal injection is just fine and dandy. Still, the Lib Dems love him now. So, back to Mr Davis.
There are now 266 state powers allowing officials to force their way into the homeThe Tories seem to have brought a fair few of those in. 62 came in during the 80s and 67 in the 1990s. They are a pretty rum bunch of laws, though: Landmines Act, the Nuclear Explosions (Prohibition and Inspection) Act, the Theatres Act, the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act, the Coast Protection Act, the Diseases of Fish Act, the Explosives Act, the Radioactive Material (Road Transport) Act, the Scrap Metal Dealers Act, the Slaughterhouses Act, the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act, the British Waterways Act, the Civil Aviation Act, the Dangerous Wild Animals Act, the Hypnotism Act, the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs Act, the Milk (Cessation of Production) Act, the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act, the Riding Establishments Act, the Slaughter of Poultry Act, the Hops Certification Regulations, the Haiti (United Nations Sanctions) Order.... (thanks to the Sunday Times for the list)
I'd be amazed if you can find anyone who has been on the wrong end of some of these.
Then there are the officers of HMRC who have truly scary powers - they only need a 'Writ of Assistance' to enter, search and seize, not even a warrant, but then they've had that power for a couple of centuries now. Mind you, they can also get people released from jail, so it isn't all bad. However, those Writs are only used rarely and their use has declined since the 1970s by 80%. Maybe there is a case for streamlining rights of entry, but I hope DD isn't proposing to restrict the rights of a fire fighter to force entry to tackle a fire or the right of Transco to stop a gas leak.
There is a CCTV camera for every 14 citizens - despite growing evidence of their ineffectiveness as deployed
Has someone told Boris - he promised CCTV cameras on buses only a few weeks ago?
Officials in Poole spied for weeks on a family taking their children to schoolThat's what you get if you elect a Tory/Lib Dem council.
Violent crime has doubled in 10 yearsNo it hasn't. The British Crime Survey reports a 41% fall since 1995. The number of homicides in 2006/7 was the lowest for eight years and recorded firearms offences fell 13% year on year.
...councils and quangos conduct 1,000 surveillance operations every month, using powers that ought to be the preserve of law enforcement agenciesAt least those operations are now regulated under RIPA. They weren't beforehand - which is why we have no idea what those quangos were doing before the law was introduced. That was why the law was brought in.
The Government hoards masses of personal data on insecure databases... alsoWhereas the Tory Party just emails it to a random radio station instead.
exposing personal data to careless civil servants and criminal hackers.
I note he's ruled himself out of the leadership - but then he would say that, wouldn't he?
As Bob Piper writes, David Davis
Right now, of course, Cameron looks pretty unassailable at the top, but things can change swiftly in this game. Twelve months ago, Gordon was romping ahead in the polls - look where we are now. Cameron will remain popular as long as he looks like a winner, but if anything were to happen to diminish that shine - well, I'm sure that David would answer the call of a grateful party.
has worked out that his climb up the greasy pole is blocked by a younger man whose instincts and beliefs he doesn't trust, and who has taken a calculated gamble that the younger man may slip up, and when he does the Party will turn to his natural successor, the hard man with a streak of principle