Monthly Archives: September 2013

What Does the Bedroom Tax Announcement Tell Us About Ed Miliband?

Originally posted on Dermot Rathbone's Blog:
March 2012 saw the passing of the Welfare Reform Act, a bitterly divisive piece of legislation which was designed to set citizen against citizen in a race to the bottom regarding who was…

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“Das Boot” (1973) by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim

Originally posted on Dermot Rathbone's Blog:
It is November 1941, just before the tide of the war turned in favour of the Allies due to failure of Operation Barbarossa to deliver the killer blow to the Soviet Union, and…

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Curate’s egg conference, but the real one’s in six months’ time

The political commentariat is confused about Miliband’s speech, not to mention the conference itself. Opinions seem to range from triumph to disaster, although the “disaster” ones seem to be mostly of the Daily Mail’s “red menace in our society” variety. … Continue reading

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Tory ECHR Withdrawal, Prisoner Cold Turkey & Niqabs Again – The Human Rights Roundup

UK Human Rights Blog Welcome back to the UK Human Rights Roundup, your regular airport departure board of human rights news and views. The full list of links can be found here. You can  find previous roundups here. Post by Sarina Kidd, edited … Continue reading

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Press regulation debate nears final reckoning | Media

The marathon battle to introduce a new system of press regulation will come to a head on 9 October when the privy council is due to decide whether to seal a royal charter enshrining the industry’s preferred system of self-regulation. … Continue reading

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Jaguar staff in Birmingham sacked for using camera phones at work

Two production employees working on the eagerly anticipated new model were dismissed for flouting strict guidelines outlawing camera phones in ‘controlled areas’ at the car plant. Jaguar Land Rover confirmed the sackings of the workers – upheld despite the widespread … Continue reading

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Wealthy Birmingham pensioner pocketed £43,000 in a benefit fraud

A wealthy pensioner pocketed £43,000 in a benefit fraud after failing to declare his family owned and later sold a luxury Birmingham hotel. Former paratrooper Dennis Hopwood, 75, falsely claimed Pension Credit and council tax benefits over eight years, despite … Continue reading

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Wealthy Birmingham pensioner pocketed £43,000 in a benefit fraud

A wealthy pensioner pocketed £43,000 in a benefit fraud after failing to declare his family owned and later sold a luxury Birmingham hotel. Former paratrooper Dennis Hopwood, 75, falsely claimed Pension Credit and council tax benefits over eight years, despite … Continue reading

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‘Secret law’ storm as police chiefs ban public from knowing who they arrest: Shock new blanket ban in the wake of Leveson report angers civil liberty groups who condemn threat to democracy

Under new ACPO guidance forces to be banned from naming suspects The legal risk of incorrect identification will stop the media naming suspects The police plan for ‘secret arrests’ is opposed by the Law Commission http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2305177/Secret-law-storm-police-chiefs-ban-public-knowing-arrest-Shock-new-blanket-ban-wake-Leveson-report-angers-civil-liberty-groups-condemn-threat-democracy.html Draconian: The move, which … Continue reading

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Miscarriages of JusticeUK (MOJUK) News Service

Taser Victim Sues Police Despite IPCC Saying Use Was Justified James McCarthy is suing Merseyside police after he was hit twice with a Taser at a hotel in Liverpool in September last year. His solicitor, Sophie Khan, said: “James McCarthy … Continue reading

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