Saturday, December 13, 2008

Labour Party votes to repeal its own laws

Labour voted to repeal its own bail laws yesterday , changing the law so that people don't have to pose a "real and significant risk", but a "risk", reversing the laws the Government made. These law allowed all and sundry to get bail and waste court time when they don't bother to turn up. They even got bail when they previously offended on bail.

Not any more. Don't get me wrong, I think bail is a right - and rights have obligations. This bill means that bail is not a right, as it is now harder to get. But I don't support laws that allow people who get bail, breach it, and then get it again. I prefer a middle ground where people can get bail, even if it is electronically monitored. If they breach it, the risk increases and they are far less likely to get it in future.

I look forward to Labour supporting the repeal of the Electoral Finance Act.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bail is still a right. It will cease to be a right only when Parliament amends the Bill of Rights Act which lists it as a right, and pulls out of the ICCPR.

And given the law-change makes absolutely no difference (the Court of Appeal had said that "risk" means a risk that is real and substantial), I think you are probably over-stating the effect of this change.

December 15, 2008 at 11:01 AM  

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