Abu Hamza: worse than apartheid?

I recently commented in a letter to the Sunday Times on the home secretary’s shabby plan to strip the militant Muslim preacher, Abu Hamza, of his British citizenship so that he could imprison him indefinitely without trial under the infamous Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act, 2001, rushed through parliament in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. An old friend from South Africa commented:

Shades of the old South Africa! At least there, there was some sort of limit – 90 days or 180 days …

How shaming that our drastic security laws under a Labour government should be even more draconian and illiberal than those of apartheid South Africa in the bad old days.

London, 15 June 04