Let's ignore the desirability or not of this further move to an authoritarian State for a moment and look at the motivation for it. John Reid intends to push this huge measure through in four weeks and if the LibDems and Conservatives don't play ball (which they won't) he will accuse them of playing politics with terrorism.
David Davis is quite right in his comments (just released) when he says this:
The driving imperative of these draconian announcements appears to be more of a
wish to project the reputation of Mr Reid and Mr Blair in their last weeks in
office, than a need to protect the British public. The Government should
understand that no amount of new draconian laws will make up for incompetent
implementation. We will consider carefully every proposal the Government comes
up with and support those we judge to be effective, reasonable, and will not act
as a recruiting sergeant for terrorism. This cannot, and will not, be concluded
in four weeks.
Surely in this so-called war on terror we show weakness if we introduce the very kind of measures the terrorists will view as a small victory. Anyone who is concerned about our civil liberties should be very worried indeed by these developments. If a Conservative government had proposed these measures it would be accused of being on the road to a semi-fascist state.