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As the cuts begin to bite, Middle England at last feels the pain

It would seem that at long last ‘Middle England’ is waking up to the fact that there is less money in our wallets than there once was. Meanwhile, our esteemed Prime Minister, David Cameron has been swanning around in the Middle East trying to make himself look important. Unfortunately, not only has he failed in…

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Assange’s alleged sex offenses may force his extradition

The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange found himself back in court today.  He was there to discover whether or not he was to be extradited to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning in regard to sexual offenses, which he strongly denies. Unsurprisingly, the judge decided that he should he returned to Sweden to face…

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Jobs for ex-offenders non existent as Probation Service fails to help

Jobs for ex-offenders non existent as Probation Service fails to help

Ex-offenders are receiving no help at all to find work, despite the fact that having a job is one of the most effective ways of preventing re-offending. In fact, not only are the government doing nothing to help those released from jail but they are actually making it more difficult than ever for ex-offenders by…

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First past the post must be replaced

If the Prime Minister, David Cameron thinks that he will easily persuade people to keep the existing voting system, then he’d better think again.  On the other hand, if Nick Clegg thinks that he is going to win an easy victory, then he too should reconsider. It is also worth remembering that Tony Blair won…

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Freedom Bill is a prayer for both sanity and a return to normality

The proposed Freedom Bill, the one important idea of the Liberal Democrats that seems to have survived in the Coalition government’s agenda, is both a moment of sanity and one hopes, a return to some kind of normality, TheOpinionSite.org supports the Bill in all that it stands for but must also point out that if…

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Sex Offenders Register ruling puts government on collision course with judges

The Home Secretary, Theresa May looked both inadequate and stupid yesterday as she had a very public tantrum over the recent ruling by the UK’s Supreme Court that those on the Sex Offenders Register must have the right to appeal against lifelong registration requirements. Before we discuss anything else, let me make a few things…

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Big Society looks more like a big fat lie

As unemployment continues to rise, public sector cuts abound, bank bosses make a fortune and ordinary people can’t afford to pay their bills, David Cameron has been forced to defend his ill-fated Big Society. Multi-millionaire Cameron thinks we should all volunteer more and spend our time working for nothing. He believes that we all don’t…

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CRB reforms will make little difference

The government’s proposed reforms to CRB checks will make very little difference to anyone who is currently unemployed and seeking work. The coalition has made it clear that all they are actually doing is shifting the burden of responsibility from the state to the employer for ensuring that a job candidate is suitable . It…

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Freedom Bill sparks child protection jobs scare as CRB checks scaled back

As the Coalition prepares to unveil its new Freedom Bill, many of those employed in the UK’s massive Child Protection Industry fear that their jobs may be at risk as they watch the child protection gravy train gradually slip off the rails. The government will announce that the controversial Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) will…

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Why prisoners must be allowed to vote

Tomorrow will see a debate in the house of Commons to determine whether or not UK prisoners should be allowed to vote in Westminster and European elections. The debate has been forced following demands from the former Home Secretary Jack straw and the former shadow Home Secretary, David Davis.  Both MPs are using the debate…

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