The Truth About IPP Sentences

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IPP sentence – what it is, where it came from and how it works

There seems to be a great deal of confusion amongst the general public as to what exactly an IPP sentence is. News organisations, including the BBC, often report that someone has received an Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection (IPP) but never actually point out what it is or what it means. Worse than that, tabloid…

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TUC and students in joint protest but they will change nothing

Today will see the TUC and students join in protests in London and Manchester. The TUC are protesting against public sector cuts and the students against increased tuition fees. There have also been recent protests against government plans to scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance designed to keep 16 and 17 year olds at school (rather…

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Control Orders review is purely cosmetic and very political

The Home Secretary, Theresa May has announced that the much criticised Terrorism Control Orders introduced by New Labour are to be revised, though to TheOpinionSite.org, it seems that the proposals on offer are window dressing and not much more. For example, a ‘curfew’ is replaced by an ‘overnight residency requirement‘. Sounds like the same thing…

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UK Sex Offender Register follows America in destroying families and children

TheOpinionSite.org has been at the forefront when it comes to informing people of the hypocrisies and unjust nature of the UK Sex Offender Register. With an age of criminal responsibility set at 10 years of age, together with no statute of limitations on sexual offences, Britain puts both the very young and the very old…

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Andy Coulson resigns and takes a little bit of Murdoch with him

Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s director of communications, has resigned over the latest News of the World phone-hacking revelations and hopefully will take the overbearing influence of Rupert Murdoch with him. Coulson was appointed, despite his dubious record at the News of the World, in return for Murdoch’s support of David Cameron at the last election.…

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Prisoners votes u turn as Coalition runs away from Tory right wing

The UK Coalition government last night collapsed on the issue of prisoners’ voting rights as Tory right-wingers threatened a major rebellion. The Prime Minister, David Cameron had intended to grant voting rights to inmates serving less than four years but this has now been reduced to those serving less than twelve months. TheOpinionSite.org believes that…

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Prisoners votes facing increased opposition – Straw and Davis force debate

The decision by the Government to give the vote to some prisoners is facing fierce opposition from Labour and Conservative MPs and could lead to David Cameron’s first Commons defeat. This is a potentially difficult problem for the Coalition government as the Liberal Democrats committed to giving prisoners the vote before the last general election.…

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Minimum alcohol price will eventually force higher prices

The Government has today given in to the health lobby and interfering ‘do gooders‘ by announcing the first ever minimum pricing for alcohol in England and Wales. TheOpinionSite.org wishes to point out that this is the same ‘non-interfering‘, ‘anti-nanny state‘ administration whose politicians promised less interference in people’s lives only a few months ago when…

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Police corruption alive and well in the UK

The case of Mark Kennedy, the now desperate ex-police officer who infiltrated eco-protesters raises a number of uncomfortable questions relating to police behaviour generally and specifically the role of an ever more powerful police force within UK society. As reported in many national newspapers, the police have apparently tried to hide tapes of conversations, dubiously…

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Clarke closes 3 prisons and angers right wing MPs

Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke has today started his reform of the prison system. He has announced the closure of 3 prisons, angering right wing Tories and others who are frightened to death of being accused of ‘going soft on crime’. Ashwell prison in Rutland together with Lancaster Castle in Lancashire will close completely and Morton…

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