Police Bill and power

Rebecca Long-Bailey gives two and a half minutes or so of heartfelt opposition to the Police Bill now going through Parliament – amazingly without a single Conservative MP voting against. This Bill not only infringes everyone’s right to free expression, it neatly entails the everyday politicisation of the Police, which as we have seen during… Read more

Johnson and Patel’s Poll Tax moment?

When even a Police (or at least ex Police) Chief Constable are against the recent Police and Crime Bill, we have the government’s real attitude displayed. This is from ex Tory MP and lawyer: @Anna_Soubry who says, “Spot on Nick Robinson & no surprise Home Office Minister (Kit Malthouse) has no answer – maximum sentence… Read more

A harrowing read

As women’s safety has been in the news of late and as Jack Monroe is a food trade contact to watch, who every now and then surprises by detailing her own difficult life, I’m linking another instance – this – on her experience of stalking. Very much not for the faint-hearted…. Read more

Government hung Police out to dry in Clapham

It is interesting that the most egregious strong arm tactics by a largely male police force on women conducting a vigil in Clapham are being defended by two other women, both of whom are their superiors and so presumably authorised the tactics in the first place. One was Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Helen… Read more

People policing

In some ways I feel the need to apologise for drawing attention to this thoroughly shameful video of three French policeman beating up a black man while calling him a ‘sale nègre’, when he was going back inside after realising he had not put on his mask (compulsory even outside, in many areas of France)…. Read more

Criminal Neglect

A recent article in the London ‘Evening Standard’ starts: Long before lockdown, lawyers warned the criminal justice system had reached breaking point. Investigations were under-resourced, courthouses had been sold off as hotels, courtrooms sat idle and by the end of 2019 the queue for crown court justice was over 37,000 cases long. Complainants, witnesses and… Read more

Police in England now to have details of those self-isolating

The Health Service Journal has reported that details of those instructed to self isolate will be available to the police. Boris Johnson thinks we are a freedom loving people. His government apparently doesn’t. The people imparting this information will be Data Breach Dido Harding’s test and trace outfit that costs billions but has never ever… Read more