Fury as Commons denied DNA vote 3

Jamie Doward writes in The Observer:

Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, has been warned that the government risks further damaging the public’s faith in politics after it emerged that plans for the police to keep innocent people’s DNA profiles for up to 12 years will become law without a Commons vote.

Opposition parties and civil liberty groups united to condemn plans that are being steered through parliament while MPs are distracted by the expenses row.

The Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats claim the government is seeking to make controversial changes to the national DNA database via a “statutory instrument” because it fears losing a vote that would be required if they were introduced by the more conventional method of primary legislation.

The same edition of the paper carries an article with comments by Sir Alec Jeffreys, the inventor of DNA profiling.

3 thoughts on “Fury as Commons denied DNA vote

  • martinb

    I’ll avoid the obvious ‘good day to bury bad news’ comment in favour of Rahm Emanuel’s “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

    Although I think (hope!) he would have applied it in the sense of getting an open system in place.

  • jknowles

    Fury? … Really?

    Fury is what I feel about this sorry state of affairs: the whole “transformational government” agenda, and Smith’s cynical use of laws and practices Labour have brought in for the express purpose of undermining parliament on matters impacting civil liberties.

    But are *our parliamentarians* really furious? Have they, for instance, told Jacqui Smith that if she does this that they will personally write letters to the European courts again on a daily basis, or will give large sums of money to Liberty to fight her in court, or will boo and hiss at her every time she has to address the house, or will simply leave, and never take part in a commons vote on home office matters again, since she obviously regards them as optional or irrelevant anyway?

    I don’t give a toss about our parliamentarians’ expenses, if only they had the slightest backbone about issues like this that really matter. Fury my ***e.

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