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Law & Order, Liberty

Dear Amber Rudd; there are no “necessary hashtags”

Dear Amber Rudd; there are no “necessary hashtags”

The most disturbing aspect of the Home Secretary’s howlingly incompetent maunderings on Sunday’s Andrew Marr show wasn’t her view of encryption. Although the idea of banning of compromising strong crypto is disturbing, it is vanishingly unlikely that it will come to pass. Whenever similar ideas have been floated in the […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×

Law & Order, News, Northern Ireland

HMP Maghaberry is a national disgrace

Maghaberry is a place where every prison cliché comes to life. Set in the bleak countryside atop a former RAF airfield about twenty miles from Belfast, you can’t help but be filled with a great sense of foreboding as you approach. Walking from the visitors’ car park the full complex […]

by × December 21, 2016 ×

Law & Order

Man is arrested after teaching dog to  give Nazi salute to annoy his girlfriend

Man is arrested after teaching dog to
give Nazi salute to annoy his girlfriend

Markus Meechan, 28, of Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire is evidently a bit daft, a bit of a prankster and has got himself into something of a regrettable situation for not thinking before he acts. This video made me cringe and *facepalm* in equal measure; but it seemed to me to be […]

by × May 10, 2016 ×

Health & Environment, Law & Order

‘Legal high’ ban risks dragging us into a positive system of law

‘Legal high’ ban risks dragging us into a
positive system of law

Filling minutes of otherwise dead air to scare parents at the end of news broadcasts, the mythical legal high menace rears its head every other day, it seems. Now, the Government seeks to put an end to it once and for all with its blanket ban promise. Alas, it is an […]

by × May 29, 2015 ×

Law & Order, Liberty

WhatsApp ‘ban': Heavy-handed counter terrorism measures treat us all like suspects

WhatsApp ‘ban': Heavy-handed counter
terrorism measures treat us all like suspects

@cjmanby1989 David Cameron unveiled new plans to combat terrorism today, by cracking down on encrypted messaging; threatening the existence of popular instant messaging apps SnapChat and WhatsApp; as he revived the controversial ‘snoopers charter’. The Prime Minister promised “a comprehensive piece of legislation that does not allow terrorists safe space […]

by × January 14, 2015 ×

Law & Order, Liberty

Time to scrap Blair’s extradition treaty

Time to scrap Blair’s extradition treaty

In 2002 many Conservatives campaigned vigorously against Labour’s vile proposals for an extradition treaty with the USA. It is not that an extradition treaty was in itself vile, but that Labour’s framing of their proposed treaty effectively made British citizens subject to US laws (and individual US State laws) even […]

by × June 30, 2014 ×

Law & Order, Liberty

Porn filters are pointless, authoritarian and doomed to failure

Porn filters are pointless, authoritarian
and doomed to failure

By Stephen Hoffman Yesterday I received an email from the Prime Minister, as I’m sure thousands of other Conservative party members did, extolling the virtues of his latest policy. Were I to believe the hyperbole, I would have thought Cameron had declared peace in our time. The truth was a […]

by × July 24, 2013 ×

Law & Order, Liberty

Porn filters already exist – it’s a parent’s responsibility to use them

Porn filters already exist – it’s a parent’s
responsibility to use them

For some people, there are some things in life that seem just plain wrong. David Cameron has made it clear that for him (and the readership of the Daily Mail), it is pornography. He sees porn, it would seem, in the same way that many see smoking. Not only as […]

by × July 22, 2013 ×