While we agonise about 28 or 56 days custody, it is not uncommon for terrorist suspects in France to be held in preventive detention for four or five years before their case goes to court.
Michael Burleigh's tone indicates that this is something that he approves of, and neatly illustrates why we cannot trust media cunt-rags like him to help protect our rights.
Yes, Michael, you fatuous, fascist arse-crumpet, we used to do that in this country a few hundred years ago. Then we introduced a rather nice little concept called habeas corpus which, as Wikipedia puts it so succinctly, is...
... an important instrument for the safeguarding of individual freedom against arbitrary state action.
Of course, Michael thinks that it is OK for him—as long as its little brown people, evil darkies and uneducated nignogs getting locked up, Michael couldn't give too shits. But perhaps Michael should be careful: historically, under any tyranny, it has always been those non-compliant people in the media who have been amongst the first to find themselves on the train to the gulag.
Hyperbole and scaremongering aside, why the fucking hell does Michael Burleigh think that it is entirely reasonable that someone be locked away "for four or five years" before their case gets to court? How is that reasonable or fair, you fucktard? Even if the accused is found innocent, the state has still destroyed his life.
I happen to think that the justice system in this country—Common Law, burden of proof on the state, habeas corpus, etc.—is far superior to that of our Continental cousins; this is one of the reasons that I am not happy about the increasing encroachment of EU corpus juris.
Unfortunately, this is, of course, the ultimate aim of NuLabour's attacks on our fundamental rights in law—they are preparing our legal system for the adoption of the Roman Law system of the EU. And the Tories will be no better.
Fucking hell, but I loathe our leaders.