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Terrorism debate: no glory for New Labour

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New Labour managed to pass its latest terrorism bill through parliament last week.
Issue 1989
illustration by Leon Kuhn
illustration by Leon Kuhn

New Labour managed to pass its latest terrorism bill through parliament last week.

Just 17 Labour MPs rebelled, ten fewer than in the previous vote on the bill. The bill includes the notorious clause outlawing the “glorification” of terrorism.

It is not clear from the legislation exactly what glorification of terrorism would entail.

But many fear the new laws could be used against those who say that Iraqis have the right to take up arms against an illegal and immoral occupation of their country.

Those welcoming Hamas’s victory in elections for the Palestinian authority could also come under attack using the new legislation.

The bill also extends the right of police to hold suspected terrorists without trial from 14 to 28 days and strengthens the home secretary’s existing powers to impose control orders.

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