This plot has also come at a time when the coalition is trying to come to a mutually acceptable position on control orders and how long suspects can be detained without charge. In a magisterial column, Andrew Rawnsley details how David Cameron is worried that the coalition is ‘heading for a f---ing car crash’ on this.
The problem is that the Liberal Democrats are absolutely committed to the abolition of control orders but MI5 wants to keep them and has supposedly persuaded Theresa May of its case. But both Ken Clarke and Dominic Grieve are in agreement with the Liberal Democrats on the need to scrap control orders.
I suspect that the coalition will end up replacing control orders. The security case for them is not that strong and the Lib Dems’ political need on this issue is great.