No 10 rejects police state claim
Tony Blair has rejected claims that the UK is a "police state for Muslims" as "categorically wrong".
Abu Bakr, who was arrested, questioned and then released without charge over an alleged kidnap plot, made the remarks on BBC Two's Newsnight. But the prime minister's official spokesman said anyone arrested in a police state would not have been freed and allowed to appear on television. He said: "It is a gross caricature of the political process in this country." Chancellor Gordon Brown described Mr Bakr's comments as "unacceptable".
Commons leader Jack Straw also attacked the claims during business questions in the Commons.
Methinks they doth protest too much!
When was the last time that the PM, the Chancellor, and Jack Straw all spoken out on something within hours - and all agreed! Well not since the Celebrity Big Brother racism row, and that was the first time.