Honestly, Labour, you shouldn't have. Deciding that it's somehow wrong to detain people without charge for 28 days is really a lovely gesture.
No, seriously, that's nice. I'm pleased.
Now, 14? Well, that's very pleasant. Two whole weeks of detention without any charge whatsoever. So generous, so liberal. I suppose you want a pat on the head, or a biscuit, or something. But don't stop there. Just roll over and we'll tickle your tummy and tell you that you're very good.
It would be wrong of us to wonder exactly what's changed since so many of you voted for 42, since so many of you nodded in agreement with 90, and all of that; and it would be inconsiderate, in the face of such a delightful gesture on your behalf, to bring up awkward things like that. We must just give you a hearty pat on the back for being so sensible about things, after such a long time.
I suppose it would be equally wrong to imagine that this is just some kind of ploy to try not to appear utterly hateful, now that you're not in power any more; and it would be miserably mean-spirited if we thought that, given a massive majority in Government in the future, you'd ever revert to the authoritarian nastiness again. That would just be unpleasant of us, if we thought that.
Not as unpleasant as being banged up for 42 days, of course, but still.