Monthly Archives: December 2008

You never hear about ‘aiding and abetting misconduct in public office.’ Then twice in the same week…

December 3, 2008

Coincidentally, the Thames Valley Police case against former police officer Det. Sgt. Mike Kearney, his son and journalists Sally Murrer and Derek Webb collapsed on Friday 28 November, the very day of the Damian Green arrest (Thus passim). Ms. Murrer and associates had been charged 18 months ago under the (no longer) obscure count of ‘aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office,’ by accepting and using information leaked by a civil servant, in this case a police officer. The judge ruled that the defendants had every right to protect... More

Taking liberties, one Byte at a time

December 2, 2008

Jim Hare responds to I have been sleeping much better these days now that I can look forward to a lovely identity card coming along sometime soon with my new passport. It’s great to know that I shall have my vital statistics secured in digital format, no expense spared. I’ll no doubt be getting a full life history to go along with it. It will probably know more about me than I do myself. It’s certainly going to be great fun for the Executive, thinking of all the uses... More

A House of Cards

December 1, 2008

There are those among us who, whilst not willing to admit this publicly, probably deep down take the view that with 6+ billion people on this planet, we can probably afford to lose a few under climate change. Certainly if you look at something like the Stern Review, which uses a “willingness to pay” index to value lives, it is clear that some lives are seen as much cheaper than others. This is quite an extreme expression of a “Them” and “Us” mentality. It is also a profound mistake, because... More