Articles tagged: citizens’ rights

Update: Police held no warrant to raid Tory MP’s office

December 3, 2008

The good news is that Jacqui Smith didn’t issue a warrant. The bad news is that Plod didn’t ask for one. Michael Martin, aka Gorbals Mick, embattled Speaker of the UK House of Commons, admitted today that the Police had no warrant to search the office of Tory MP Damian Green. Jill Pay (the first woman to wear the Sergeant-at-Arms’ skirt, black tights and buckled pumps in Parliament’s long history) neither informed the Speaker of the search nor asked whether the police officers were authorised. The implications are damning either... More

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

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

Send in the snatch squads

November 28, 2008

Last week the government claimed that ‘over 80%’ of sex workers were slaves, a claim hotly denied by the English Collective of Prostitutes. Harriet Harman, Deputy PM, spoke on Woman’s Hour urging Womens’ Institute (WI) members to report newspapers carrying escort advertisements, since the oriental and East European escorts on offer may be the victims of trafficking. They may also be illegal immigrants. UK Local Community Minister Hazel Blears bangs on about the need to prosecute men (’punters’ or ‘Johns’) who attempt to have sex with a woman who is... More