I know I am expected to oppose any attempt to give the police greater powers to question terrorist suspects. Apparently, as a liberal, I am supposed to "play fair", and give terrorists something of an advantage over the security services whose job it is to defend the UK. The question I have to ask is has the time has come to move the number of days that people can be detained without charge up from 28 days to 56 days ?
Across Europe, in societies that we are supposed to marvel at for their liberal sensitivities, the police have powers that far outstrip our own police when it comes to questions suspects in terrorism cases. If these societies can be liberal and have such policies, why can't we ?
People will instantly shout me down and claim that I am giving a blank ticket to the police. I am not. I believe that with checks and balances, as the government are proposing, this could be an important weapon in the police forces' armoury to fight the terrorist threat.
Nor do I believe the idiotic comments of QC Imran Khan who has claimed that this proposal would send mixed messages to Muslims, " What you are saying to the community is...we are going to batter you with legislation, we are going to arrest you, we are going to criminalise you ."
The government proposals are aimed at all terrorism, be they Russian's bringing polonium 210 in to the country, fundamentalists from the middle east or animal rights activists. The only person to tar Muslim with a brush in this whole debate is Imran Khan. Then again, a man whose name is best known for defending people who have been found guilty of some of the most evil crimes in recent years is perhaps not the best judge in any case.
Mr Khan seems unable to separate "radicals" and "terrorists" from the mass of law abiding and peaceful "muslims". This is shocking from of man of his standing and education.
Yes, I expect the Lib Dems and Tories to oppose plans for 56 days, but increasingly for me I am starting to think they may be wrong.