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  • Prisoners held for years after release date, says watchdog


    HUNDREDS of prisoners jailed under a scrapped sentencing scheme continue to languish behind bars, years after their minimum release date, Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke has said.

    Mr Clarke blamed “significant failings” by authorities for the problems linked to the...

    Friday 18th Nov 2016

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain

  • Ukip ‘violated EU expenses rules’


    UKIP found itself in more hot water yesterday after a leaked European Parliament audit suggested it had misappropriated almost half a million euros from EU coffers in election expenses.

    The external audit, obtained by Sky News, said spending on polling in key Ukip target seats in...

    Friday 18th Nov 2016

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain

  • ‘Ignored’ Phillips quits as Tory MP


    LITTLE-KNOWN Tory backbencher Stephen Phillips announced he was quitting as an MP yesterday, citing “irreconcilable policy differences” with PM Theresa May.

    The pro-Brexit member for Sleaford and North Hykeham accused ministers of ignoring Parliament since the referendum,...

    Saturday 5th Nov 2016

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain

  • Justice Britannia waives the rules


    So, then… following on from my theme of a fortnight ago regarding the parlous state of the state’s self-policing. It would appear this week that yet again justice — as with the legendarily partisan appraisal of pulchritude — is very much in the eye of the beholder.

    ...

    Saturday 5th Nov 2016

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Features

  • Unions hail rethink of ban on electronic strike ballots


    THE government yielded to pressure yesterday and announced a review of the ban on electronic voting in industrial action ballots, in a belated decision welcomed by unions.

    Announcing the independent review, long called for by the unions, Sir Ken Knight, a former chief fire and rescue...

    Friday 4th Nov 2016

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain

  • IDS rebrands himself as ‘saviour’ of welfare state


    POLITICAL careers often have a second act, but seldom a third or fourth, the reason for which became all too apparent yesterday when former Tory leader and work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith sought to enter the fray once more.

    Duncan Smith, who quit as work and pensions...

    Saturday 29th Oct 2016

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain

  • Tory tooth fairy set to visit child refugees


    Internal memorandum from the Ministry of Propaganda (sorry… Home Office. Old habits die hard).

    Minutes of Home Office discussion on human rights and immigration.

    For civil service eyes only.

    It has been brought to the department’s attention that its plans...

    Saturday 29th Oct 2016

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Features

  • Prison staff ‘ready to strike’ over soaring violence


    Officers ‘won’t tolerate having heads kicked in any more’

    Friday 28th Oct 2016

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain

  • Families of bomb victims finally granted legal aid


    FAMILIES of the victims killed in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings have finally been granted legal aid just days before an inquest proceedings into the suspected IRA terror attacks is due to start.

    The bombings, which killed 21 people and injured 182 others, and the subsequent...

    Friday 28th Oct 2016

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain

  • Police’s stop and search powers to be overhauled


    BELATED moves are to being made to overhaul the hugely controversial stop and search powers after an independent study found that police officers held “unconscious bias” against minorities and children in the majority of cases.

    The new proposals would apparently mean that...

    Friday 28th Oct 2016

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain


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