Category Archives: civil liberties

An end to the Stagg hunt?

I’m a lawyer.  I don’t work in the criminal sphere, never have. but the treatment of those caught up in the criminal justice system, and the attitudes of the police tells you a lot about what kind of  legal system … Continue reading

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Glasgow East by-election

I’ve tried to avoid posting on the Glasgow East by-election having found many of the yah-boo entries in the Scottish blogosphere a little depressing, despite the best endeavours of Jeff to persuade me otherwise. However, I couldn’t let one post … Continue reading

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No Labour. New danger?

So, Labour is not putting up anyone against David Davis.  The danger now is that this becomes a damp squib.  For those of us that agree with David’s general agenda the worst possible result is a low turnout, low vote … Continue reading

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David Davis

Meant to mention this last night but when Davis resigned last week I suggested that one of his motives appeared to be to “stiffen … the Conservative line on the issue of civil liberties” it’s nice to see the commentariat now … Continue reading

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More on the Akehurst thing

I’m not linking again to the odious individual (but for my views on his “idea” see here) - but note that his idea is being taken sufficiently seriously that national folk hero John “this is Glesga, we’ll set aboot ye” Smeaton is … Continue reading

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Luke Akehurst’s idea on how to respond to David Davis – moral bankruptcy

“Luke who?” The cry went up around the country on local election night as a bespectacled red head blinked in the glimmer of the BBC TV lights – sitting in front of a screen, blogging for the delectation of a … Continue reading

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David Davis

I should make one thing clear.  I am instinctively anti-Conservative.  It comes with being brought up in Scotland (albeit my home town was in a seat represented by one of the old school Tories).  I’ve voted for every major party … Continue reading

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What price our civil liberties?

The vote is tonight. The former Attorney general is against it.  The former Lord Chancellor is against it.  many senior police officers are against it.  The DPP doesn’t want it. The Lord Advocate is against it.   BUt despite no evidence indicating … Continue reading

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When did you last google your father?

Via Mr Eugenides and Cicero and Tim WorstallThe Times reports today that HM government has had an idea – you know the government that wants to introduce  ID Cards with database, to introduce a national children’s database, a national NHS database, and … Continue reading

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Straw man’s argument on liberty

During the Labour deputy leadership campaign while supervoc Hazel Blears called for armed police on the streets (an intervention that generated remarkably little interest), Peter Hain proclaimed his support for civil liberties.  At that time I noted that, “when pursued further it is … Continue reading

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Civil liberties

This is a holding post and I may return to it tomorrow when I see Hansard. During the regular efforts at fearmongering the government make regular attempts to persuade MPs and the public that it is an essential requirement that … Continue reading

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A note on terrorism and Alexander Litvinenko

The death of Alexander Litivinenko set me thinking about the recent UK legislation on terrorism, not in terms of the killing of Litvinenko but in relation to his own conduct while in the UK.   Westminster passed the Terrorism Act in 2000.  … Continue reading

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Justice is blind, but not deaf, in camera

One of the delights of the “War against [insert appropriate abstract concept]” is the diminution of general civil liberties that the naive among us used to take for granted – because to fight for liberty against terror and all it stands … Continue reading

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