Category Archives: Coalition

Blair and Murdoch, sitting in a tree …

We suspect that Wendi Deng may not be the most popular member of Clan Murdoch right about now, having spilled the beans about Tony Blair being godfather to Rupert’s daughter, Grace. Far be it from us to accuse the man … Continue reading

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Is this man now more or less likely to commit crime in the future?

Justice is being done! The heartless youths who have lately been decimating the moral values of this country are being meted out suitably punitive sentences. That’ll learn ’em. And, while we’re at it, it’ll act as a deterrent to any … Continue reading

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Harsh sentences for rioters are sleight of hand

Vera Baird writes in today’s Guardian that apparent government intervention in the sentencing of those convicted of offences relating to the recent riots is “a sinister attempt to upend the judicial process“. We agree with her. The whole purpose of … Continue reading

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Hands off our … umm, social networks.

When the proverbial faeces hits the fan, it’s generally a good idea to spend some time figuring out what we might want to do differently in future. Coming together to clean it up is a good start, and says more … Continue reading

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Tottenham Riots: cause and effect

It’s easy to dismiss rioters and looters in Tottenham as ‘feral youth’, and indeed it’s possible that some were motivated by little more than opportunism. On the other hand, it’s equally possible to justify criminal damage and intimidating behaviour as … Continue reading

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Security Theatre: what next?

We’ve written before about the ineffectiveness of full body scanners, along with the health and privacy risks they carry. In the US, in particular, there is a groundswell of popular opinion against them — perhaps in part because they are … Continue reading

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Libya: A Week of Indignity

Gaddafi is a war criminal. That much seems a fair assessment. In that context, the International Criminal Court warrant that authorises his arrest seems welcome. On the other hand, it’s highly debatable whether Gaddafi is alone in the commission of … Continue reading

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