Oct 10th 2011

Did you know it’s illegal to take photographs of your children?

No? Nor did I. But for one over-zealous security guard, it is not only illegal, but warrants calling the police. The full story is here and needless to say it would be laughable if it wasn’t the latest in a string of incidents where anyone with a camera is seen as a security threat. I’m in […]

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Oct 10th 2011

Human rights and cat fights – and why reform matters

Writing on the Huffington Post this morning, I outline the importance of a serious debate over the Human Rights Act and how it is functioning. “The Human Rights Act has clearly had unintended consequences. Over creative judges, not grounded in the British legal tradition, have extended the scope of a law meant to protect against […]

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Oct 7th 2011

The greatest shake up of our democracy this year?

On the DNA Database, the Coalition agreement was unequivocal: “We will adopt the protections of the Scottish model for the DNA database.” However, since then the Government has had second thoughts, and has been persuaded of the case for retaining the DNA of innocent people far and above the Scottish system. Today’s report from the Joint Committee on […]

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