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Sorry, Helena, But The Judges Have Spoken…

February 26, 2014 2 Comments
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Helena Kennedy (Labour peer) spouts off: Our riled security services’ transparent intimidation and interference with Miranda is shocking. But it’s also important that we use his case to shed light on the murky everyday reality of schedule 7. The power is consistently used to target minorities – you’re 42 times more likely to be stopped if you’re Asian than if you are white… All those poor Chinese/Thais/Vietnamese, eh, Helena? Yesterday’s…

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Expect The Ratchet To Tighten A Little More

September 29, 2013 24 Comments
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The high court rejected the application by the man, known only as R, that he should not have to give a sample to officers working for Operation Nutmeg, which targets those convicted of serious offences before the collection of DNA records became routine. That operation is aimed, primarily, at clearing up unsolved historic crimes. This is a blow to true freedom, and a warning to us all. Yes, forget for…

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Brimful Of Authoritarianism…

August 26, 2013 6 Comments
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Wahid Ibrahim could lose his licence to sell alcohol next week as a council review decides on his suitability to remain as the owner of B&W Stores in York Place, Brighton. What did he do, sell alcohol to a minor? Well, yes. Once. But his real ‘crime’ is selling alcohol to adults. The review is the first in Sussex to be brought by fellow retailers and residents who say they…

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It’s Also Part Of ‘The Social Fabric’ That You Pay For Other People’s Labour, Yiannis…

August 22, 2013 3 Comments
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Yiannis Baboulias (Greek investigative journalist) on the awful impact of austerity policy: The inequalities that triggered the Arab spring – whose unravelling we are witnessing today in Egypt – are being repeated in austerity Europe. The social fabric, the welfare state that held it together, is being torn down. Is it really? Why do you say so? Last night, an 18-year-old died in the streets of Athens. Caught without a…

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Well, This Idea Sounds Nuts!

July 8, 2013 8 Comments
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Campaigners are calling for the topic to be included in the national curriculum… Oh, what now? Well, would you believe, mental health? … and for schools to provide counselling and support to any young person that needs it. Around one in five children has symptoms of depression, such as continually feeling low or sad, helpless or anxious, according to a survey for MindFull, a new mental health charity. Isn’t that…

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Gettin’ ‘Em Young…

July 2, 2013 3 Comments
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It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it’s designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in life. The maternity package – a gift from the government – is available to all expectant mothers. It contains bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products for the baby, as well as nappies, bedding and a small mattress. With the mattress…

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Our Tastes Aren’t Changing. Our Population, However, Is…

June 24, 2013 9 Comments
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Britain’s growing taste for exotic meats … Oh, excellent! I love exotic meats – reindeer, springbok & moose from Lidl at Christmas was delicious! … such as llama, cane rat (“succulent and sweet”), scaly anteater and monkey poses a serious health risk to consumers because many are illegally imported, can be riddled with disease and are not subject to food regulations, the country’s head of food safety inspections has warned.…

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Brighton Stinks! It’s Official!

June 22, 2013 7 Comments
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Brighton Stinks! It’s Official!

It may have been the hottest day of the year so far but Brighton beach did not look how you would expect it to on a sunny day in June. Temperatures in the city soared to 26C yesterday – but despite the sudden heat wave beach-goers kept their distance. What?!? Not go to the beach on maybe the only nice day we’ll have this year? Why on earth no… Oh.…

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“Yes, But What About….”

May 30, 2013 5 Comments
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David Whelan provides a stunning display of ‘whataboutery’ in CiF: The awful events in Oklahoma City have captured the world’s attention and concern. As I write this from the United Kingdom, 24 people have been killed and reports of 10 times that number have been injured. We see scenes of the two schools, Briarwood and Plaza Towers, as well as Moore Medical Centre, that were badly damaged. I don’t want…

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Another Tragedy, Another Demand For ‘Safeguards’…

May 26, 2013 6 Comments
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For Heddon Johnson and his wife Tor, stepdaughter of the Marquess of Queensberry, the image had a tragic resonance. The 60-year-old building conservationist turned on the television that Sunday evening and, he tells me: “It was appalling. Everything about the death of my son came back.” Well, yes. Only to be expected. And his son’s death was indeed tragic and awful. But expecting it to be the catalyst for yet more…

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One-Sided Concern…

May 12, 2013 12 Comments
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Katherine Stewart has reservations about Muslim teaching methods, and the damage they may be doing to vulnerable young minds: Much of fundamentalist home schooling is driven by deeply sexist and patriarchal ideology. The Koranic movement teaches that women need to submit to their husbands and have as many babies as they possibly can. The effects of these ideas on children are devastating, as a glance at HA’s blogs show. “The…

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Actually, Mr Catt, I’m Not Too Keen On It Either…

May 8, 2013 3 Comments
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The local authority said the judge ordered Mr Catt to pay the council’s costs in relation to one of these. The amount of these costs has not yet been agreed. But Mr Catt said: “I am protected from costs by legal aid. That’s what they do not like.” Yeah, well partly that’s because spending public money is seen as their job, I suppose. Me, I’m not too happy about it because I’d…

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They Don’t Always Get Their Way

April 28, 2013 4 Comments
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At a licensing meeting held yesterday it was revealed how the authority area was now the second worst in Yorkshire and the Humber for such violence, with figures showing: Up to 40 per cent of arrests are associated with alcohol misuse – that is 140 arrests per month linked to alcohol abuse. Ah, those weasel words – ‘linked to’. We all know just how they use that phrase, don’t we? Of…

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This Is Not Personal, It’s Just How Government Works…

April 24, 2013 5 Comments
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Mavis Masarirambi had agreed to be repatriated after her asylum bid was rejected, and had been staying at a property in Cobridge provided by a Government contractor. But last Thursday she was told she would have to leave the house – despite the fact that arrangements were being made for her to fly back home within days. Well, yes. There’s probably a Department of Removals and a Department of Rentals…

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This Must Be Some New Meaning Of The Term ‘Revealed’..?

March 28, 2013 9 Comments
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A new cycle superhighway and the extension to another will increase the amount of time other road users spend locked in traffic jams, engineers have revealed. Eh..? Who, exactly, thought this conclusion was somehow hidden? Who thought you could somehow work on the roads in central London, altering their shape and dimensions permanently, without disruption? By 2026 says the report, the benefits of more people cycling will start to outweigh…

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