– Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty
The oldest parliamentary trick is to start with a policy so outrageous that any crumb of comfort looks half-reasonable.
The protection of inquests is that crumb, but what if grieving families and other victims want to sue the military, intelligence or political establishment for abuses of power?
We've all seen fig leaves like 'judicial triggers' and 'exceptional circumstances' before. They give little comfort to the claimant locked out of court while Government lawyers play to an open goal in private with the judge.
Powers to hear evidence in secret in civil courts will not be extended to inquests. The Ministry of Justice is due to publish the Justice and Security Bill today, which includes rules on controversial proceedings to hear some evidence secretly.