The Prevention of Terrorism Act has now been passed into law with immediate effect.
The traditional process of recording the Bill as an Act of Parliament on the Statute Book, and obtaining Royal Assent, is a procedure of astonishing ritual and tradition:
Despite the political compromise which led to the passing of the Bill, it is still bad law, and yet another defeat for our democratic values.
The terrorists are still laughing at us, as they look forward to recrutiing more British citizens who feel victimised by the Government, partly as a result of this Act.
The politicians on both sides who allowed this Bill to pass are deluding themselves if they think that they will now be able to escape blame for any terrorist atrocity in the near future, by claiming that they were not being "weak" on terrorism.
The prospect of Yet More Anti-Terrorism Legislation after the General Election is not a something that we look forward to. Surely there are far too many draconian powers available already ? What is there left to make illegal ?
When, not if, the inevitable miscarriages of justice and the