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Friday, February 11, 2005

Winning my vote

As the sensible party on immigration it's nice to see Charles Clark making good noises about civil liberties too. Sadly the five points (they're at the bottom) the Lib-dems are pushing on this make little sense to me, for no other reason than I have no idea how important these procedural adjustments would be.

On a related note I wonder if anyone's followed up on the impact of withdrawing the right to silence from people arrested in Britain. (your silence can be used against you if you later rely on in court something you failed to disclose earlier). Have we had more convictions? Were these convictions more likely to be overturned on appeal? Inquiring minds want to know...

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