Blunkett: Labour is at rock bottom

The former home secretary said things could not get any worse for Labour
The former home secretary said things could not get any worse for Labour

Former home secretary David Blunkett has described Labour as being at "rock bottom" in a radio interview.

Speaking about the government's plans for 42-day pre-charge detention for terrorist suspects, Mr Blunkett said even a Commons defeat on the issue would not overly affect Gordon Brown because he had already fallen as far as he could.

Talking on Radio 5 Live, he said: "We've hit a rock bottom in my view and we can only climb out of it, so I think that, whilst it would be yet another knock, it would not be a knockout blow."

Widely derided as a highly authoritarian home secretary by civil liberties campaigners during his stint in the cabinet, Mr Blunkett went to make a case for the extension in detention time.


"I really don't understand how anyone can believe that you can pat a terrorist on the head and say: 'Don't worry, we won't hold you while we investigate these multiple links across multiple boundaries across the world - we'll let you out, so we're being ultra-careful not to infringe your rights, even though you might well infringe our lives'," he said.

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