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Labour MPs put party loyalty before principles in detention vote

Issue No. 2104

The crisis racked New Labour government is whipping up terror scares in an effort to divert attention away from its own problems.

This week, as it attempted to extend internment without trial to 42 days, the government launched proposals to “deradicalise” Muslim extremists.

The government has even produced a map detailing the religious breakdown of Britain in order to target potential terrorists.

Such efforts are indicative of a government that believes terror to be the product of a wrong reading of the Quran, rather than something connected to its own policies.

Yet the government’s own actions regularly have the effect of creating anger among those it says it wishes to pacify.

For instance, it emerged this week that the British-controlled island of Diego Garcia has been used to dock secret US prison ships.

And the government is still lying over its complicity in the torture associated with the “war on terror”.

Labour MPs ought to stand up against these outrages but are being pushed into supporting Brown out of fear that he may fall. Yet again they are putting party loyalties above any commitment to justice.

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