Power capitulates

Good. Simon Power has had to capitulate over his attempts to remove the right to silence.

Justice Minister Simon Power has raised the white flag on his controversial criminal justice reforms, committing to preserving the right to silence and substantially watering down other aspects to pass the bill with cross-party support.

The concessions – which include compromises with the Labour Party on the rules around jury trials, having a trial proceed in the absence of the accused, and the ability of the court to impose fines – follow a week of intense and fast-moving negotiations with several parties.