Monday, October 29, 2007

Sunsets can save liberty

"If we go the route of a written constitution, the case for which is growing, given how our unwritten constitution is being degraded by ad hoc measures in response to terrorism, immigration, crime and new technologies, it should enshrine the principle that anything with negative implications for civil liberties must carry default sunset clauses. Circumstances change; no polity should encumber itself with limitations and prohibitions permanently; the best safeguard for liberty is that anything questionable in light of it should only ever be temporary, if it must be enacted at all." —A.C. Grayling

1 comment:

Watching Them, Watching Us said...

What about the 6 monthly or annual rubber stamping of supposedly "temporary emergency" powers under the various Prevention of Terrorism Acts between 1974 and 2000 ?