who says the public want 42-days?

29 Jun

From a comment by David Boothroyd over at LC.

…the best guess is that the majority of the electorate agrees, reluctantly, that terrorism charges sometimes need extended pre-charge detention.

In fairness, no-one has effectively put the argument to the people, so this much bandied about public acceptance, is a red-herring.

Of course, in polling, you usually get the answer you’re after as modelling the questions is a fine art. What we need is a real referendum…

What David Davis is doing – to his credit – is asking people to have a referendum on the issue. He’s calling you out, and as Labour has conveyed its reluctance to field a pro-42 days candidate, this surely indicates that they are afraid that the public actually doesn’t feel the way they constantly claim.

Labour should stand by its principles, field a candidate, and make this a real referendum on 42-days.

Full stop.

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2 Responses to “who says the public want 42-days?”

  1. david@election.demon.co.uk June 30, 2008 at 10:43 am #

    First, nominations have closed (this post was made after them) and there is no Labour candidate in Haltemprice.Second, a byelection in a single constituency is not going to provide any meaningful result on the 42 days. David Davis has, in effect, acknowledged this in a Q&A on the Spectator blog. He was asked how he would advise Conservative supporters to vote if they personally favoured 42 day pre-charge detention, and responded that only that they should “vote according to their conscience”. If it was genuinely on the 42 day issue he would have advised them to vote against him.Third, simply to point out that I said that it was a “best guess”. I know that these sort of questions in polls can produce very different results based on how the question is framed. The most neutrally framed questions were in the Economist YouGov poll http://www.economist.com/media/pdf/20080620PollData.pdf, and they show general support.

  2. david@election.demon.co.uk June 30, 2008 at 10:43 am #

    First, nominations have closed (this post was made after them) and there is no Labour candidate in Haltemprice.Second, a byelection in a single constituency is not going to provide any meaningful result on the 42 days. David Davis has, in effect, acknowledged this in a Q&A on the Spectator blog. He was asked how he would advise Conservative supporters to vote if they personally favoured 42 day pre-charge detention, and responded that only that they should “vote according to their conscience”. If it was genuinely on the 42 day issue he would have advised them to vote against him.Third, simply to point out that I said that it was a “best guess”. I know that these sort of questions in polls can produce very different results based on how the question is framed. The most neutrally framed questions were in the Economist YouGov poll http://www.economist.com/media/pdf/20080620PollData.pdf, and they show general support.

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