This was state-sponsored cruelty last year. It still is

Nick Clegg’s passionate attack on the detention of children in immigration centres is not reflected by his government in action

When David Cameron declared that his government would “end the incarceration of children for immigration purposes once and for all”, those familiar with the horror of it were cautiously optimistic. That cautious optimism is now tempered with anxiety that his passion for radical reform of this grotesque abuse of human rights is on the wane. The emerging picture is at best confusing, at worst ominous.

Melanie McFadyean, Thursday 16 September 2010