My love for the Labour government stretches only so far as to prefer them if it came to a straight choice with the Conservatives. But absolutely no further.
I do cling to what now appear increasingly quaint small 'c' conservative notions: such as the rule of law. If you break the law, I always thought, you get arrested and tried and, if found guilty, punished. There was a time, I seem to remember, when this was the British way of doing things.
Our increasingly bonkers government, however, has different ideas. Deportation to torture-loving foreign states now seems the procedure of choice, at least if Home Secretary Charles Clarke gets his way.
It seems unlikely that the supine Tory opposition will muster the courage to defend even the fundamental principles of the justice system. Depressing stuff.