Jacqui Smith – “I don’t know”

November 7th, 2007 § 0 comments

The home secretary on the BBC:

Ministers have also indicated they favour doubling the length of time terror suspects can be held without charge from 28 to 56 days.

But questioned asked whether this would happen, Ms Smith said: “The answer is I don’t know.

“What I believe, listening to those who’ve been involved in the complexity of these plots, is there is a strong chance, they say, in the future we’ll need more than 28 days. There should be a maximum period. I don’t… you know… we have not decided.”

I heard the interview on Radio 4 and she was awful. the complex plot she used as an example was the airport on last summer, as John Humphreys pointed out immediately, didn’t require more than 28 days to investigate. Nice own goal.

The interview I think is here (my browser at work won’t let me listen to it so it could be a link to the Sex Pistols for all I know. I’ll try to remember to check later).

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