Alan Johnson

‘I’m an actress, Ed, and I am often commended for my timing. Frankly, my dear, yours sucks’

‘The best political memoirs are shot through with a kind of candour’

Yesterday, Home Secretary Alan Johnson banned Islam4UK in what seemed a knee-jerk reaction to their planned march in Wootten Bassett.  Although the ban has come late and was quite clearly done with the upcoming election in mind, it is still the right move.

Control orders are to linger on, the Home Secretary announced today. He was responding to a decision by the law lords in June that suspected terrorists who are the subject of “gag and tag” orders must be given sufficient disclosure about the case against them to enable them to give effective instructions to their legal representatives.