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“Sparing Ourselves The Hard And Unpopular Decisions”? Peter, You Don’t Know The Half Of It!

January 13, 2014 7 Comments
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Peter Hitchens, knocking it out of the ballpark on Duggan: Roughly 50 years ago, beguiled by smiley reformers, we chose the wrong future. We adopted ideas which were mistaken and have proved to be disastrous. We called them ‘compassion’. But who were we really being compassionate to? Not, as it turns out, to the poor we claimed to be helping. They suffer most from the compassion of our criminal justice…

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Slow Justice Is No Justice..?

December 22, 2013 8 Comments
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The woman accused of attacking a shopper in a trolley rage incident in The Glades shopping centre last Christmas has been rebailed again. To the spring… Police first arrested the 31-year-old on suspicion of GBH on Boxing Day last year four days after a man was struck with a trolley which was being pushed by a woman in Marks & Spencer. He fell to the ground and sustained injuries including…

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No, We Should Rely On Proper Justice…

November 14, 2013 5 Comments
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…though lord knows, I understand the feeling: After the case Sue Baugamardt from Brighton Animal Action said: “Even when the penalties are so ludicrously light, magistrates rarely enforce them fully. “You really have to do something truly horrific to get jailed for six months. “People have thrown animals off balconies or put them in microwaves and they don’t get six months. “The main thing with a custodial sentence is that…

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“We’re Sorry, All Our Activists Are Busy Celebrating The US DOMA Decision…”

June 30, 2013 2 Comments
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“…would you like to leave a message?” The pair met through Love Leap, a dating website. Although users must be 18 to register, Anthony was able to set up an account under the tag ‘young, sexy gay’. And met a man, which is the purpose of these sites. And exchanged texts. Which, unfortunately  were discovered by Anthony’s pregnant girlfriend. Detective Sergeant Richard Horton, of Lancashire police, said that although Anthony’s body was not found…

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Surely Lawyers Ought To Know Hard Cases Make Bad Law?

June 12, 2013 4 Comments
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The move follows several high-profile cases – such as that of the violinist Frances Andrade, who killed herself after giving evidence in court about historic indecent assaults – that have raised questions about how victims should be treated. ‘The move’ being…? Vulnerable victims will be allowed to have their evidence and cross-examinations pre-recorded for court under a pilot scheme being launched by Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, on Tuesday. Once…

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“Drop the trowel & dibber, sonny, you’re nicked!”

February 16, 2013 4 Comments
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“Drop the trowel & dibber, sonny, you’re nicked!”

  You’ve got to admit, it’s not often you see that sort of headline, is it?  What prompted this? Cocaine amongst the campanulas? Heroin concealed amongst the hollyhocks? Well, no. Amazing as it may seem, it you sell legal equipment and aren’t asking any questions about the use to which your customers might be putting it, the fuzz will come calling: The operation came after five months of work where officers visited…

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A Follow Up…

November 7, 2012 4 Comments
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My post on Henry Porter’s article about privacy concerns emanating from the development of technology garnered a lot more comment than most. And I was reminded of that post when reading Anna Minton’s article on the SBD award: Not long ago, I was shown around an award-winning housing estate in east London, which was the proud recipient of a Secured by Design (SBD) award. The housing on the gated estate…

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It’s All Very Well To Have Concerns…

October 30, 2012 44 Comments
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…but Henry Porter seems to be too afraid of the downside to ever consider their might be an upside: At what point will the British public realise that its privacy and freedom is in mortal danger? His concern is due to the rise in ‘high-definition and facial-recognition technologies in CCTV systems’ and the potential privacy concerns they will raise. Wherever you go, someone will be logging your movements – whether…

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Extra-Judicial Punishment..?

June 28, 2012 4 Comments
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… the issue has been a talking point at the area’s neighbourhood watch meetings at the Starting Gate pub, in Candle Meadow, Colwick. Tony McCarthy, general manager at the pub, said: “There is a lot of joking about what goes off in the woods (Ed: Oo-er!), but there are a lot of people who want it stamped out. “My biggest concern is that you have young families walking around the…

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No good deed goes unpunished

June 14, 2012 10 Comments
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“If the boy responsible doesn’t own up then the whole class, and I do mean the whole class, will stay behind after school.” I have no idea if teachers can still do this but if not I’m guessing that those of us past out mid 30s can probably remember hearing it at least once, and unless we happened to be the boy – or for the sake of equality, the…

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Justice Can’t Just Be Blind – She Must Be A Deaf Black Lesbian Now, Too…

March 29, 2012 11 Comments
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A more diverse judiciary is needed in England and Wales, the House of Lords Constitution Committee has said. Peers said targets may be needed to recruit more ethnic minority and female judges if the judiciary did not better reflect society within five years, but said such a move was not needed yet. /facepalm The report by peers suggested greater diversity also meant a need to boost the numbers of gay…

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I vaguely intend that the evidence I give shall be something like the truth, more or less…

March 4, 2012 6 Comments
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I vaguely intend that the evidence I give shall be something like the truth, more or less…

This is Tony Mokbel, and for the benefit of everyone not living in Australia and who’ve never heard of him (unless they caught the excellent TV series Underbelly) a brief précis of his Wikipedia entry is that he’s been linked to Melbourne’s gangland wars, people like convicted murderer and more recent murderee Carl Williams, and the meth trade, and was a few years ago successfully extradited from Greece to face…

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This Is Why It’s Becoming A ‘Don’t Get Involved’ Society…

January 10, 2012 13 Comments
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Lee Bristow did what many people would no longer do when they see a mugging in progress: “I was waiting for the 417 bus on Central Hill when the 432 came along and stopped and there was a struggle on the bus. “A woman was screaming for help because a man was trying to pull her bag off her as he was getting off. “I stepped onto the bus and…

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Very Informative, ‘Guardian’, Very Informative Indeed…

January 7, 2012 6 Comments
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In the aftermath of last week’s headline-dominating court case, Vikram Dodd braves the mean streets of Eltham to see if racism still exists (not realising he could find plenty without ever leaving the ‘Guardian’ head office): Barber Kwabena Boateng, 35, came to Britain in 2000 from Ghana, a year after the Macpherson report. Boateng said he had not experienced any direct racism, but said: “You can’t see it, but sometimes…

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Disposable Double Jeopardy

January 3, 2012 44 Comments
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I’ve noticed that in the UK someone has finally been convicted for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, some 18 years after the fact and after having already once been found not guilty. I don’t wish to defend the two men who’ve just been convicted – for all I know they did do it, and the very conspicuously did not sue The Daily Mail when that paper came right out and…

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