Alex Massie

Stay Classy, Gordon

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Brilliant New Labour Tactic: the Tories are soft on rapists. Really, that's what they're saying. And all because the Conservatives think that innocent* people's DNA should not be held on a national database.

Perhaps Gordon can explain why his ain party north of the border is equally "friendly" to rapists. After all the laws on DNA retention are different in Scotland and here you're DNA is removed from the database if you're not charged or convicted of a crime. That's something Scottish Labour were happy to maintain when they ran the Wee Parliament in Edinburgh. And rightly so.

It's going to be an edifying campaign isn't it?

*Yes, sometimes some of these people will commit a crime. But that's one of the prices we pay for living in an open society. The logic of Brown's argument - if it can be dignified as such - is that the government should go much further. Perhaps everyone should have to wear a security bracelet or have some kind of monitoring chip implanted. After all, if it saves just one life...

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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