In the Media

Blunkett exploiting climate of fear, says Kennedy

PUBLISHED October 26, 2004

David Blunkett was using a "post 9/11 climate of fear" to force through changes that threaten civil liberties, Charles Kennedy claimed yesterday.

The home secretary was capitalising on concern over international terrorism and crime to rush through "superficially attractive and populist measures" such as detention without trial, derogation from the European convention on human rights, and proposed introduction of ID cards, he said.