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Date published: 2006/08/15

The BBC says:

Police are considering asking ministers for more powers to impose "instant justice" for anti-social activities.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) is consulting members on whether to seek the authority to punish people without going to court.

It has heard plans from one police chief for powers to ban teenagers from city centres and gangs from meeting up.

Civil rights group Liberty said that the suggestion was "a recipe for arbitrary justice".

Yes, of course we believe the police that this will only apply to "anti-social" activities. No doubt soon we will find that this includes people protesting at Labour Party conferences, or in other places that the government finds inconvenient. Once upon a time anyone asking for these powers would have been treated with the scorn they deserve. Unfortunately with New Labour (and with the Tories and Lib Dems not far behind) this will undoubtedly instead be treated seriously. It's about time that the UK ruling elite once again started to at least pretend that they believe in the rule of law, not in the rule of dictatorship, where you can be punished at the whim of some government official.

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