The smell of compromise is once more in the air, this time over the controversial issue of control orders. The Lib Dems have been seeking an end to the way in which terrorism suspects can be placed under close supervision – somewhere short of house arrest but involving tags and curfews – without any public evidence of their wrongdoing. Currently nine individuals are living under such restrictions. The Tory right believes equally strongly that control orders should be kept to maintain public safety.
The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that Nick Clegg had won the internal debate and that the orders would be “scrapped”. Read more