Counter-terror review process has ‘descended into a shambles’ says Ed Balls

Ed Balls, Labour’s shadow home secretary, said in response to news that the review of counter-terrorism powers had been delayed again:

“This whole process has now descended into a shambles. While the government is saying Lord MacDonald has not yet been given the chance to write his report on the review process, my strong suspicion is that the delay is also because the new version of control orders will require significant extra investment in surveillance and the extra funding for this has not yet been agreed with the Treasury.

“With daily leaks, briefings and counter-briefings this is a chaotic and disorderly way in which to decide national security policy. This review was commissioned last summer, was expected to report in October and has already been delayed several times.

“I want to support the Home Secretary in reaching a new consensus about counter-terrorism policy, but policy needs to be made in an orderly way and based solely on the evidence.

“It is deeply regrettable that the future of control orders has become first and foremost about a political negotiation or a ‘deal’ as Nick Clegg described it last week, to keep the coalition together rather than exclusively about what is in the national interest.”

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Posted January 11th, 2011 by Ed's team

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