Posts Tagged “secret courts”

The last book I read in 100 words: An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

by Stephen Tall on November 20, 2013

An Officer and a Spy, Robert Harris What happens if the state believes you guilty of a crime and stretches the law to ensure your conviction? Using secret evidence you can’t challenge in a secret court where judges are inclined (…)

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So, here’s how I’m making my small protest against the Lib Dems’ recent illiberalism

by Stephen Tall on March 18, 2013

So, as I may have mentioned, I’m not a fan of liberals acting casual when it comes to freedoms. These might be the freedoms of those the state has illegally tortured to be able to get justice in fair legal (…)

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What Lib Dem members say about ‘secret courts’: 66% back repeal, 64% say Clegg has handled issue “very badly”

by Stephen Tall on March 18, 2013

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 650 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. 66% say party should commit to repealing ‘secret courts’ legislation The House of Commons has approved […]

I’m a liberal and I’m against this sort of thing. Leveson-style press regulation, that is (as well as secret courts)

by Stephen Tall on March 17, 2013

I’ve got used to describing myself as “a liberal first, a Lib Dem second”. Most of the time the Venn diagram works out pretty well. But not the last couple of weeks. First, there was ‘secret courts’ and the decision by Nick Clegg, backed by most Lib Dem MPs (though not by party members), to […]

Secret courts: another prominent Lib Dem resigns

by Stephen Tall on March 12, 2013

On Sunday, former Lib Dem parliamentary candidate and Federal Executive member Jo Shaw — the moving force behind LibDemsAgainstSecretCourts — announced her resignation from the party while proposing the motion opposing the extension of Closed Material Procedures (CMPs, aka secret courts) that was overwhelmingly carried by members. Her resignation followed the announcement by Dinah Rose […]

“On message. In volume. Over time.” That’s the real text of Nick Clegg’s speech today

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2013

It took 3,000+ words and Nick Clegg 30 minutes to deliver them — but there was only one message he wanted to be heard in his leader’s speech today: Only the Liberal Democrats can deliver a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life. That’s the core message, one that’s […]

++ Lib Dem conference overwhelmingly votes to oppose ‘secret courts’. Again.

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2013

You may be forgiven a sense of déjà vu: the Liberal Democrats have voted overwhelmingly to oppose secret courts legislation. Just as we did last September. Clegg faces blow at #LDConf as delegates vote to condemn Lib Dem MPs and peers for backing ‘secret courts’ – — AndrewSparrow (@AndrewSparrow) March 10, 2013 Here’s the […]

Jo Shaw quits Lib Dems in protest at leadership’s pro-secret courts position

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2013

Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Jo Shaw dramatically announced her resignation from the party as she moved this morning’s emergency motion calling on our MPs to stick by the party’s policy of opposing ‘secret courts’. You can read Jo’s full statement at the foot of this post. It was Jo’s speech at the party’s autumn conference […]

I agree with Nick still. The question is: does Nick still agree with Nick?

by Stephen Tall on March 5, 2013

Here’s a graphic inspired by a true story, sadly: With thanks to Alix Mortimer and Sara Bedford for the reminder of this interview: Why we should believe Nick Clegg when he promises to restore liberties stolen by Labour

7 ‘rebel’ Lib Dem MPs back party policy as rest vote for secret courts

by Stephen Tall on March 5, 2013

After the excitement of Friday’s Eastleigh by-election result, it’s back to earth with a bump for Lib Dems, after most of our MPs last night ignored the party conference’s overwhelming opposition to ‘secret courts’ and voted into law a measure that flies in the face of natural justice. Here’s the BBC report: MPs have voted […]