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The government’s drugs strategy is miles behind today’s drug dealers

4 August 2014 16:58

New powers to tackle the huge growth in ‘legal’ highs are set to be introduced. Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, is said to be pushing for the most… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Wormwood Scrubs Prison And Makes A Speech On Criminal Justice

Labour should stop whipping up fears about our prisons. They created Britain’s only recent prison crisis

1 August 2014 17:56

Sadiq Khan, the Shadow Justice Secretary, took to these pages earlier to claim that ‘This Government’s disastrous prisons policy is putting the public at risk.’ He’s been trying to claim… Continue reading

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New data suggests that UK prisons are in crisis. (Image: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

This government’s disastrous prisons policy is putting the public at risk

1 August 2014 12:03

Data released yesterday lays bare the true scale of the growing crisis in our prisons. Suicides up 69 per cent in a year. Self-harm up 27 per cent since 2010.… Continue reading

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Mr S understands that Dominic Grieve was in Number 10 when the PM gave his 'full and frank' apology for hiring Andy Coulson following yesterday's guilty verdict. Mr S is seeking comment from Mr Grieve's office. (Image: Getty)

Attorney General was inside No 10 when Cameron recorded Coulson statement

25 June 2014 15:16

Mr Justice Saunders, who presided over the phone hacking trial, is not impressed with David Cameron and Ed Miliband. He has branded the various political interventions of yesterday afternoon as ‘unsatisfactory so… Continue reading

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John Liu, scourge of car alarms in New York City.

Car alarms are anti-social and should be banned

20 June 2014 9:12

4.06 am, that’s what it was when I was woken up. Last time this week I think it was a bit after three. And by the same bloody car alarm. The… Continue reading

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Pakistani journalists hold placards during a protest against the attack on Geo television journalist Hamid Mir by gunmen in Islamabad on April 23, 2014. (Image: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan’s ISI accused of subverting media freedom

18 June 2014 14:30

Media freedom is under attack in Pakistan, declared Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan’s most prominent journalists. He had six bullets pumped into him by bike riders in Karachi on 19… Continue reading

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Abu Hamza embodies Britain’s self-destructive madness

20 May 2014 19:57

A jury in the US has taken less than two days to find Abu Hamza guilty on multiple terrorism charges. He can now expect to spend the rest of his… Continue reading

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Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams Released Without Charge Following Questioning Over Jean McConville Murder

It was right to arrest Gerry Adams

5 May 2014 17:54

The release of Gerry Adams felt a bit like the old days. A Unionist protest outside the police station, a rally of a press conference at a Republican club with… Continue reading

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Gerry Adams’s arrest is astonishing

1 May 2014 11:04

In one sense the arrest of Gerry Adams for questioning in relation to the murder of Jean McConville is not a surprise. On the other hand it is astonishing. I… Continue reading

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Gerry Adams arrested in connection with the murder of Jean McConville

30 April 2014 21:50

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams presented himself to police this evening and was arrested in connection with the murder of Jean McConville. McConville was abducted from her home in Belfast… Continue reading

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

We need to know the truth about Gerry Adams’s alleged involvement in the ‘disappearance’ of Jean McConville

3 April 2014 11:44

Readers will know that I am interested in the subject of post-Good Friday agreement ‘justice’ in Northern Ireland. Having been one of the few people to have followed the possibilities… Continue reading

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Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

Our criminal justice system is institutionally racist, surely?

15 December 2013 21:32

I think this following quote, from the Romanian ambassador Ion Jinga, may go down as my favourite of the year: ‘In their overwhelming majority, Romanians in the UK are well… Continue reading

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The EU is corrupt because southern Europe is corrupt

6 December 2013 14:47

What with Britain’s dreadful performance in the PISA educational rankings, there has been comparatively little attention given to another international league table– Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. The good news… Continue reading

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BRITAIN-POLITICS-CONSERVATIVES

Chris Grayling gets a relatively easy ride over reoffending rates

10 November 2013 12:19

Theresa May accepted her Spectator Politician of the Year award with the quip: ‘It used to be a joke that I lock them up and Ken Clarke lets them out,… Continue reading

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Abu Qatada smiles as he evades deportation once again in April 2012. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

Countering Terrorism in Britain and France, by Frank Foley – review

4 June 2013 9:18

Have you ever wondered why we’re stuck with the radical cleric Abu Qatada? It’s a question the last four Home Secretaries will have asked as they battled, and failed, to… Continue reading

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Gin Lane

Vice is vanishing from Britain

24 May 2013 16:42

In this week’s issue of the Spectator, Leo McKinstry argues that Britain is dropping all its most harmful habits. Here is an excerpt: ‘According to the pessimistic narrative of national decline, Britain… Continue reading

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Sexual abuse: Don’t toe the party line

25 February 2013 15:33

A scandal broke in the Socialist Workers Party a few weeks ago after a woman member claimed a Trotskyist tribune of the working class had taken time off from promoting… Continue reading

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'Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali had hoped to carry out a wave of suicide bombings in Britain which would have exceeded 7/7 and rivalled 9/11 in terms of impact and casualties.' (Stephen Munday/Getty Images)

What if the terrorists were Jews?

22 February 2013 15:00

‘Would you say the same thing about Jews? Gays? Or any other minority?’ This is one of the witless questions asked of anyone who writes about Islamic extremism.  And it… Continue reading

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Crime and Guilt, by Ferdinand Von Schirach

9 January 2013 10:00

Tis the season for shopping mall scuffles. A man with a red face prized the last Magimix (steel, 600 rotations per minute) from my hands yesterday, citing ‘the stress of… Continue reading

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Turnout for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections was predictably and avoidably low, Conor Burns MP says. Image: Getty

Why I regret voting for the Bill that introduced PCCs

19 November 2012 10:47

So much has been written about the lead up to, and the fall-out from, last week’s elections for Police and Crime Commissioners that it seems almost futile to try to… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrat members have mobilised against their leadership by calling for the Justice and Security Bill to be dropped. Image: Getty

The crime of the Justice and Security Bill

17 November 2012 16:30

The Coalition Agreement states: ‘We will be strong in defence of freedom. The Government believes that the British state has become too authoritarian, and that over the past decade it… Continue reading

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The Adrian Smith case suggests that 'the Internet is proving that it is the friend of the censorious rather than a tool for emancipation.' Image: Getty

The internet is proving to be a tool of censorship, not emancipation

16 November 2012 14:07

The case of Adrian Smith, the Christian the Trafford Housing Trust demoted for politely expressing his opposition to gay marriage on Facebook, is one of the most disgraceful I have… Continue reading

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John Prescott is one of the few celebrities to be standing in tomorrow's PCC elections. The other candidates are ordinary members of the public with an interest in their communities. Image: Getty

Who are the BBC to question the legitimacy of Police & Crime Commissioners?

14 November 2012 18:07

What’s the test of success of the Police & Crime Commissioners policy? It is, surely, whether the 41 individuals who will be elected tomorrow succeed in cutting crime and antisocial… Continue reading

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David Cameron on the election trail. At least someone is listening to him. Photo: Getty Images.

They’re nearly here but still, no one cares about elected police commissioners

14 November 2012 13:30

This time tomorrow, the country will be flocking to the polls to select their first ever police commissioners. Or at least some of them will. Turnout has long predicted to… Continue reading

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A teeanger from Chorley has been sentenced to 3 months in prison for causing 'gross offence' by cracking tasteless jokes on Facebook about April Jones and Madeleine McCann. Image: Getty.

Chorley teenager imprisoned for Facebook jokes

9 October 2012 17:05

I suppose we should not be surprised that the Tweet-police (formerly the British police) have now extended their remit to become the Facebook Police. Today, getting caught for an actual… Continue reading

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