Immersed in the World of Boris as I so often am these days, I'm still catching up with the stir caused by Councillor Akehurst when he suggested that if Labour wouldn't run against David "Danger" Davis in Haltemprice and Howden there should be a pro-42 day independent candidate instead,
"...preferably a recently retired senior police officer, or a survivor or relative of a victim of a terrorist attack, to run under the following 5 word candidate description: 'Independent - for detaining terrorism suspects'."
What appears to have been almost a passing thought has so far provoked a staggering 172 comments, a great wave of reaction through the blogosphere and front page coverage in the Gazette. I'm amazed: firstly by the Gazette actually sourcing a story to a local blog rather than just stealing it, which is what it usually does (although in this case that would have been difficult); secondly, by the excitement Luke's suggestion has caused. Given that Labour is too pathetic to contest to the seat, I can't see what's so outlandish about his idea.
Not that I agree with the Councillor over the issue at stake, except insofar as we're judging it by the same, pragmatic, criterion. He thinks that the power to detain people for up to 42 days without charge will reduce the threat of terror attacks. I think it will increase it. We agree that there's a balance to be found between liberty and security, but disagree about where it lies.