Home Office Security Minister Tony McNulty has admitted the government made mistakes in response to the 7 July bomb attacks in London. He said the government should not have treated the Muslim Council of Britain as the only voice of British Muslims. At a Labour Party conference fringe meeting, he warned against rushing into laws in response to a terror threat.
Mr McNulty suggested that ministers had been too ready to adopt exceptional measures which could impact on the liberties enjoyed as part of the British way of life. He distanced himself from the phrase “war on terror” stressing that terrorism should be tackled through “normal” rather than “exceptional” means.
Mr McNulty was praised by Shami Chakrabati, director of civil rights group Liberty, who said his words were “music to my ears”. – BBC News
Of course many would say that it’s too little too late as they did with David Miliband’s speech. This is surely a very welcome development. As I have said plenty of times in the past, the government will eventually get it right… it will just take years before sensible arguments reach their ears.
Moreover, this also signals that Tony Blair’s agenda is basically out of the window. One after the other ministers are finally breaking their silence over what needed to be said ages ago and formulating more sensible policy with a new Prime Minister. It’s also a testament to how tightly (dictatorially?) Tony Blair controlled the Labour party and ensured that only his view would be reflected.
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