Legislation

D-Day for British Justice. How MPs have abolished the right to a fair trial

D-Day for British Justice. How MPs have abolished the right to a fair trial

Imagine a scenario in which you are whisked away in the middle of the night by armed police officers and then informed that you will tried in a secret court – which bars you from having legal representative. Imagine that you are then prevented from seeing the evidence, or the witness testimony against you. Nor are you able to submit[Read More...]

Free speech under siege in Britain

Free speech under siege in Britain

Freedom of speech is once again  under attack, thanks to a new draft Bill being proposed by parliament which would effectively ban charities and community groups from campaigning on political issues. The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill severely restricts what organisations or individuals can say or publish in the run-up to an election and forces grassroots[Read More...]

UK government to criminalise “annoying behaviour”

UK government to criminalise “annoying behaviour”

The British government is about to pass legislation which will effectively criminalise any behaviour perceived to be “annoying”, it has emerged. Under the  Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, those who gather lawfully in public places could potentially be barred by local authorities, police and even private security firms. If such orders are refused, citizens could face arrest, fines and[Read More...]

Government proposes to bring back national service

Government proposes to bring back national service

Teenagers in the UK may soon be forced to join the army if a new Bill that is currently making the rounds in parliament gets through. The National Service Bill was introduced as a private members Bill and is due to be debated again by the House of Lords in September. If the Bill is passed by both houses of[Read More...]

Police use big data to predict crime – before it happens

Police use big data to predict crime – before it happens

The idea of people being routinely arrested for a crime they have not yet committed may seem a little far-fetched to some. Afterall, if you have not done anything wrong, you have nothing to fear right? But imagine a scenario where several armed police officers kick down your door at 3am in the morning. You are then arrested on suspicion[Read More...]