Over on Facebook, ‘Liberal Democrats against control orders‘ does what it says on the tin – it’s a Facebook Cause for Liberal Democrats who think control orders should not be continued by the Coalition Government.
The Liberal Democrats, many in the Conservative Party and indeed former senior people in the security and prosecution communities have long argued that control orders are ineffective in the short run and counter-productive in the long run, not to mention contrary to democratic principles. (I nearly wrote ‘liberal principles’, which is also true – but in fact the basic values of giving people a chance to defend themselves in the knowledge of the case against them is a broad democratic principle that is shared right across the political spectrum.)
The issue itself is the subject of much debate within the Coalition at the moment, so here’s one easy way to help put some pressure on: sign up here.
And if you want to take a second step, why not contact Nick Clegg?