Will they realistically ease the anti-terrorism laws will bombs from Yemen are flying into our airports. I wonder.
There is one thing they should do, however, and that is to share the secret evidence with senior figures in the opposition. This is an idea floated by Lord Carlile, the Lib Dem peer who has acted as the indepdendent reviewer of government anti-terror legislation. In an interview with the Jewish Chronicle in September he said: "On what should be apolitical subjects like counter-terrorism, no government gives Opposition frontbenchers the opportunity to read the evidence, such as some of the secret material relating to people subject to control orders.
"This means that when a new government appears with bland and confident statements about abolishing this and that in their manifesto, they can be brought up very short by the evidence that is put in front of them. I believe that this has happened."
It has to be right that we should be moving towards a cross-party consensus on these issues. The trouble is that there is no consensus within the three parties, let alone across the Commons benches.