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Parliament overwhelmingly rejects assisted suicide

Parliament overwhelmingly rejects assisted suicide

September 13, 2015 at 7:41 pm 0 comments

Parliament voted against legalising assisted suicide yesterday by an overwhelming majority of 330 to 118. Of the 448 MPs voting, 73% opposed Labour MP Rob Marris’s proposed legislation with 210 Conservatives, 91 Labour MPs  and 11 Scottish National Party MPs rejecting the Bill. Although it is generally thought there isRead More

Who says Labour can’t come up with ground-breaking ideas?

Who says Labour can’t come up with ground-breaking ideas?

March 3, 2015 at 7:08 pm 0 comments

Certainly not me. Not any longer, at any rate, and I regret having in the past described the Labour party as a collection of openly subversive nincompoops. For the ex-minister David Lammy, MP, hasn’t just proposed a change in law. What he has come up with is nothing less thanRead More

There is no justice

There is no justice

October 23, 2014 at 1:15 pm 0 comments

Harry Roberts, jailed for his part in the murder of three policemen in Shepherd’s Bush in 1966, is to be released. Police unions and some newspapers have expressed their outrage. Others are saying Roberts has “paid his debt to society” and so it is right to free him and they add that heRead More

IPSO is a facto

IPSO is a facto

September 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm 0 comments

Sir Alan Moses starts work this morning as chairman of the new Independent Press Standards Organisation IPSO and promises that it will not be “a sham.” Indeed it is not a sham: it is a political quango set up in response to campaigns by Hacked Off and Guardian journalists to abolishRead More

On the function and purpose of an inquest

January 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm 0 comments

Neither justice nor public confidence has been served by the costly three month inquest into Mark Duggan’s death. Part of the problem is that the inquest has been used as the vehicle for an examination of matters more appropriate, at least in cases like these, to the criminal process. TheRead More

Managerialising death

Managerialising death

April 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm 0 comments

Of the fourth estate, Thomas Carlyle once vividly observed ‘Burke said there were three estates in parliament; but, in the reporters’ gallery yonder, there sat a fourth estate more important far than they all’. Now that clergy, nobles and commons are competing for celebrity status, all that remains of independentRead More