Catchall laws

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The British legal system used to have a have a high reputation. The latest proposal is saddening. The Times tells us that 'sensitive' inquests that are deemed a risk to national security by the Government would be held in secret in future under proposed powers to come before the House of Lords this autumn.
Not satisfied with secret family courts where children can be removed from families who have not been charged with a crime we now will have secret inquests for those deaths that might prove embarrassing to government. This would include deaths such as David Kelly and certain military casualties

The provisions come under a clause in the Counter-Terrorism Bill. We now have legal creep whereby a law, ostensibly to protect us from terrorism, is so broad and vague that it can be used for almost any purpose that the government wishes.