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Posts Tagged ‘ uk current affairs ’

Early release ended by Grayling in right wing bidding war

Early release ended by Grayling in right wing bidding war

In a blatantly political move, Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling has announced that the automatic early release of prisoners convicted of child rape or certain terrorist offences is to be scrapped. What Grayling has not said clearly and publicly is that this is simply a first step towards scrapping early release altogether for all offences; something…

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European Court rules whole life tariffs breach human rights

European Court rules whole life tariffs breach human rights

In a ruling this week that has unsurprisingly upset Downing Street, Conservative party backbenchers and right-wing campaigners, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that whole life tariffs as currently handed down by British courts are unlawful. Whilst making it clear that the court was not offering prisoners serving whole life tariffs any imminent…

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Criticism of Ovenden sentence by charities undermines child protection

Criticism of Ovenden sentence by charities undermines child protection

The Graham Ovenden case – recently concluded with Mr Ovenden walking free from court with a suspended sentence – has thrown into sharp relief the contempt shared by child abuse charities  when decisions in sensitive court cases do not go their way. TheOpinionSite.org believes that such criticisms of the judge’s decision from representatives of many so-called…

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DPP sides with campaign groups over suspect anonymity

DPP sides with campaign groups over suspect anonymity

TheOpinionSite.org is saddened to report that the Director of Public Prosecutions, Kier Starmer QC, appears to have sided with protection charities and women’s lobby groups over the issue of anonymity for suspects arrested but not charged. Keir Starmer delivered a keynote speech recently in which he stated that he wanted cases that had not been…

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Police fail to apprehend anti-paedophile vigilantes

Police fail to apprehend anti-paedophile vigilantes

British police are failing to arrest and investigate a so called ‘anti-paedophile’ vigilante group, despite one group spokesman admitting on BBC Radio that his organisation is knowingly acting “outside of the law”. The group – whose name we will not publish as we do not believe it deserves publicity on TheOpinionSite.org – admits trapping potential…

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Government blackmails unemployed into making hopeless job applications

Government blackmails unemployed into making hopeless job applications

Unemployed people are being threatened and blackmailed into making entirely hopeless job applications. Those claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) are now being forced to apply for at least three jobs per week, even if they are barred from working in such positions or do not have the necessary skills. Ex-offenders with serious criminal records but…

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Unrest grows as Council Tax Benefit cut hits 2.4m poorest

Unrest grows as Council Tax Benefit cut hits 2.4m poorest

As David Cameron and his Tory colleagues head off to the sun for Easter, two million of Britain’s poorest citizens are today wondering how they are going to pay out an extra £14 per month to their local councils when there is no possibility of earning the extra money needed. The measures are causing increasing…

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British juries are ignorant, incompetent and dangerous

British juries are ignorant, incompetent and dangerous

Research should be carried out into how and why British juries reach their (sometimes clearly flawed) verdicts. So says a former Director of Public Prosecutions and a former Lord Chief Justice. As with previous administrations however and amid a sea of provocative ‘historic’ abuse allegations, David Cameron’s government is fighting hard to resist any possibility…

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Police powers increase as MPs declare IPCC useless

Police powers increase as MPs declare IPCC useless

As the police continue to become more powerful, Britain’s police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has been slated in an influential Parliamentary report that accuses the IPCC of being overloaded with cases, leaving cases un-investigated, of having no real power and of too often using former policemen as supposedly “independent” investigators. Meanwhile, the Association…

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NSPCC and protection charities receive £21 million from National Lottery players

NSPCC and protection charities receive £21 million from National Lottery players

TheOpinionSite.org can reveal that so far this year, 235 grants from the National Lottery have been made to charities dealing with public protection and sexual abuse to a total value of £21,307,631. Individual grants range from as little as £3,000 to several million, the larger grants sometimes being split between different sections of the same…

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