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Andrew Mitchell demands the police publish transcripts of ‘plebgate’ hearings

20 May 2014 19:24

The plebgate scandal has flared back to life tonight with a letter from Andrew Mitchell to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bernard Hogan-Howe. Mitchell alleges that one of the… Continue reading

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Keith Vaz fixes his fire on the Police Federation

16 May 2014 9:07

The Police Federation is in the firing line this morning, and not before time. The federation sounds like something out of Rebus. The allegations of ‘endemic’ bullying and ‘cruel and… Continue reading

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Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

Hurrah! A setback for the enemies of free speech

8 May 2014 10:51

This has been a bad month for those who want to shut down free speech in Britain. First there was the wholesale failure of Fiyaz Mughal (whose ‘work’ I have… Continue reading

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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

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Theresa May wins battle with Number 10 over stop-and-search reform

30 April 2014 15:42

So Theresa May has won her battle with Number 10 on stop-and-search reform, sort of. She announced a number of changes this afternoon to the power for police – but… Continue reading

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mentalhealthcop Police inspector's Twitter suspended

Why the police silenced one of the best officers in Britain

18 February 2014 17:45

West Midlands Police’s announcement that it had ordered the closure of the blog and Twitter account of Inspector Michael Brown – ‘the mental health cop’ – has caused astonishment and anger… Continue reading

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Why are Rupert Murdoch's men after Andrew Mitchell? (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Why are Rupert Murdoch’s men damning Andrew Mitchell?

13 February 2014 12:56

If you want to picture Rupert Murdoch imagine an old man on a tight rope. On the one hand, his newspapers must pursue his interests – say that everyone but… Continue reading

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Laurie Lee, pictured in the late 1930s.

British jihadists in Syria cannot be compared to George Orwell and Laurie Lee

11 February 2014 15:27

George Monbiot had a moving piece in yesterday’s Guardian in which he reflected on the UK government’s efforts to arrest and charge returning British subjects who have gone to fight… Continue reading

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Andrew Mitchell held a press conference today, vowing to continue the Plebgate fight. Photo: Getty Images.

Andrew Mitchell vows to continue Plebgate fight

26 November 2013 18:22

So Andrew Mitchell is going to pursue his fight with the police over the ‘plebgate’ row, even though the Crown Prosecution Service said there was insufficient evidence to suggest the… Continue reading

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Chris Jones and Stuart Hinton arrive for questioning. Image: Getty

Under questioning, the Plebgate police stick to their lines

5 November 2013 18:35

All the best apologies these days are celebrated with a nice autotune session on YouTube. But this afternoon’s apologies, if you can call them that, from Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton… Continue reading

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Inspector Ken MacKaill, Sergeant Chris Jones and Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton have not been cut loose by the Police Federation. Image: Getty

Feeding the Feds

28 October 2013 12:21

‘ello, ‘ello, ‘ello. What’s all this, then? The Police Federation has been trying to distance itself from the three coppers who who were hauled before Parliament last week to explain… Continue reading

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The View from 22 podcast: police vs liberty, health tourism and Westminster’s economic week

24 October 2013 8:30

Are the police wasting too much time on Twitter instead of catching criminals? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Nick Cohen looks at what Britain’s fall in crime has done… Continue reading

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Andrew Mitchell: A strange apology

21 October 2013 16:51

Over the past thirteen months since the ‘plebgate’ row broke over Andrew Mitchell and subsequently broke the then chief whip’s career, a number of pieces entitled or themed ‘Andrew Mitchell:… Continue reading

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Poster campaign against police cuts

A plot to harm ministers has harmed the plotters more

16 October 2013 9:00

Presumably one of the motivations behind the decision of Police Federation members to try to discredit Andrew Mitchell was an attempt to discredit the government’s wider reforms of and cuts… Continue reading

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Policemen hold their helmets as they sta

Prepare for the arrival of the super cops

13 October 2013 20:09

Theresa May’s police reform agenda will take a big step forward tomorrow with the announcement that Police and Crime Commissioners will be able to appoint overseas officers as chief constables.… Continue reading

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Josh Williamson is arrested for preaching the Christian gospel in public

24 September 2013 9:20

Freedom of speech is alive and well in Scotland, then. Pastor Josh Williamson took the Christian gospel to the streets of Perth last week, before he was arrested by the… Continue reading

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Glenn Greenwald and David Miranda.

The reaction to David Miranda’s detention is completely ridiculous

20 August 2013 11:58

It may not have been the smartest move to detain David Miranda, the Brazilian partner of Guardian ‘journalist’ Glenn Greenwald, under the Terrorism Act.  But the explosion of righteous anger… Continue reading

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Glenn Greenwald and David Miranda.

David Miranda’s arrest proves how sinister the state has become

19 August 2013 10:39

Always remember mornings like these, the next time police officers and politicians demand more powers to protect us from terrorism. They always sound so reasonable and so concerned for our welfare… Continue reading

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(FILES) A file picture taken on December

The police use of Tasers is already a disgrace. How many more people must die before something is done about it?

16 July 2013 11:39

Another of this blog’s occasional hobby-horses is the increasing use by police of Tasers (see here, here and here, for instance). It is remarkable how often these “non-lethal” weapons turn out to… Continue reading

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The Conservative Party Spring Forum

Theresa May’s modernising moment on stop and search

2 July 2013 18:48

Theresa May’s statement in the Commons today on stop and search strikes me as an important moment. Here, we had a Tory Home Secretary standing up and saying that she… Continue reading

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'Big Brother' watches over Winston Smith (Edmond O'Brien) and Julia (Jan Sterling), during the filming of the 1955 adaptation of '1984'. Image: Getty

In defence of paranoid hysteria

22 June 2013 15:56

Compare a democracy to a dictatorship and world-weary chuckles follow. The last thing a citizen can do in true tyrannies is call them tyrannies. He or she has to pretend… Continue reading

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Can you tell what it is yet? An accusation - not a charge.

Rolf Harris: accused, but not charged.

21 April 2013 14:13

I always thought there was something a little bit sinister about that Jake The Peg character. With what he refers to as his ‘extra leg’, m’lud. And then, ladies and… Continue reading

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Daily Life In Glasgow After The SNP Announced Their Social Fund During Their Annual Conference

The Philpott case is horrific; so is the attempt to hijack it for any political purpose

5 April 2013 16:15

The sorry truth of the Philpott case is that almost nothing can be learnt from it. Everything would be so much simpler if there were clear public policy conclusions that… Continue reading

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Rangers v Celtic

Scotland’s War on Clothes: Be Careful What You Wear

28 March 2013 13:28

Welcome to Scotland, a land where freedoms of expression and other liberties are treated so seriously that the police and prosecuting authorities would never dream of monitoring and judging the… Continue reading

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Mitchell apology

Will ‘plod-gate’ make voters more sceptical of class-based political attacks?

23 December 2012 14:47

The Andrew Mitchell story has always been about class. If all Mitchell was alleged to have said was ‘you supposed to f’ing help us’ there would have been some clucking… Continue reading

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