Monday, 16 June 2008

42 days and all that jazz

Wow. Its been a long time since I have posted on here, but I'm back baby!!

Anyway, down to business.

42 days is wrong because it represents an assault by the state on an individuals abilty to face criminal proceedings with confidence that his rights will be protected and that the system is impartial. 6 weeks is a long time to spend being interrogated in a jail cell, separated from your family, made to look like a criminal in front of your community.

Beyond that, it contravenes all the principles of ancient English liberty set down in the Magna Carta, fought for in the Civil War, reaffirmed in 1688 and 1832 and 1968...

Time and time again the executive of this country, thinking itself above the law, has sought through panic or cynicism to constrain the liberties of ordinary people. Time and time again the people have stood up and claimed their rights. In the words of Shelley, 'we are many and they are few'.

Thnking about, the current climate probably means that I should point out that neither I or Shelley was proposing insurrection or violence. Just dissent, protest and demonstration.

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