Having previously reported two strikes against the new government for back-sliding on its election commitment to repair the damage to historic civil liberties inflicted by the Blair-Brown regime, have to applaud HomeSec Theresa May's announcement that a review of the draconian (and much abused) anti-terrorism legislation of the past few years will be led by the newly ennobled Ken Macdonald, QC.
Lib Dem Macdonald is a former director of public prosecutions and founder of Matrix Chambers, which has done so well (and none better than member Cherie Blair, QC) out of the Human Rights Act. It seems likely there will be a role for Shami Chakrabarti, the telegenic head of the civil rights pressure group Liberty, who calls it "a once in a generation opportunity to reform counter-terror measures and bring them within the rule of law."
Ex-Labour HomeSec David Blunkett is quoted by the Sun as saying: "A review pre-determined in its outcome by nominees to serve on it and the individual to oversee it is an insult to the British people."
Just like every other official inquiry or judicial review, then.