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Keith Vaz and Political Coercion: Why now?

The news for Keith Vaz is devastating.[1] In the Sunday Mirror [2]it is reported that he is alleged to have hired male prostitutes for sex. The allegations[3] suggest that he is experienced in procuring their sexual services. The reports indicate … Continue reading

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Ted Cruz: The death of a political career foretold

On 20 July 2016, Ted Cruz killed his dream. He had wanted to become the President of the United States (POTUS). He wanted to be the Republican Party’s nominee. Now, neither of those goals will ever be fulfilled. When Senator … Continue reading

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Theresa May: Booted and spurred to ride roughshod over our rights

Theresa May is the United Kingdom’s latest Prime Minister. As only the second female PM, she is a historical figure. She is noted for, and proud of, her footwear which have become her trademark. She has good taste in shoes … Continue reading

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Hillsborough, the media, and the lie to get us to forget.

The fact is known. The police unlawfully killed 96 people. For 27 years the police, the government, and certain segments of the press denied this fact. They are wrong. Are they sorry? The police mishandled their response to the verdicts. … Continue reading

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Will the Queen apologise for the CSA failings over the past 60 years?

Recently we have been told by commentators, senior politicians, and prominent figures that the police must apologise for the way they have investigated high profile or prominent figures on child sexual abuse (CSA) allegations. I believe that the police need … Continue reading

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Murdoch as the Prime Minister’s media bodyguard

For I know that some human beings are like horses—the more they get what they want, the more unruly they are apt to become. [3] The way to manage men like that is to put the fear of the bodyguard … Continue reading

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Publicity masks the illegitimacy of UK policing

One of the oldest UK political myths is policing by consent. We are told often, and especially from our political leaders, that the UK police by consent. The term derives from Robert Peel’s nine Principles of Policing. [1] Police reality … Continue reading

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Is it time for the Queen to abdicate?

As the Head of State, she has an important role. Even though may believe it to be symbolic, she has a central constitutional role, which needs to be refreshed. Even though she plans to rule until her death , it … Continue reading

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Rebekah Brooks’s return: a poisoned chalice or a burning throne?

Some commentators view Rebekah Brooks’ return as CEO of News UK as a success.[1] She has returned from New York, where she had moved after her acquittal of phone hacking charges. In New York, she worked on digital opportunities as … Continue reading

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The Goddard Inquiry and the death of the police

When a police officer is killed in the line of duty, other officers take it personally. An attack on an officer is an attack on a symbol of the community’s legitimate authority. When such symbols are attacked, the whole community … Continue reading

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