You just can't polish a turd!Written by Gordon Rant
Maybe I'm getting cynical as I get older or possibly I just know smell of perfume coated turd that is "spin". It seems that if nothing else, government fully understands working of UK public's mind and utilises every tactic possible to dodge, divert or just plaster over some of most important liberty issues facing people of UK.
People by nature are trusting of their state's authority and this trust is often abused. The UK government sanctioned and helped finance war in Iraq, in public's name and with public's purse. Other than obvious, one of major casualties of coalition was UN. Castrating one organisation in a position to challenge any state with sinister ambitions was either a stupendous oversight or stroke of genius. Now any state can decide to act beyond instruction of its UN peers and refer to past coalition action in its defence. Rejecting democratic process on one hand, coalition is happy to preach freedom and democracy to Arab States, Russia, North Korea and China.
The public's response to Prevention of Terrorism Bill earlier in year met with limited interest. Prevention of Terrorism Bill in its original form amounted to a suspension of habeas corpus, right to a trial, which has been frozen only a handful of times since it was enshrined in English law in 1679. On one occasion when terrorist suspects were imprisoned without trial, innocent were deprived of their freedom, while terrorists were given a huge boost to recruitment. In Northern Ireland in early 1970s, policy turned out to be a failure. See Darkening of a nation
More recently government is proposing removal of juries in some complex fraud trials. On face of it there seems to be good reason to debate this proposal in light of millions of pounds of tax payers money wasted when such cases collapse. However, removing juries in these trials crosses a line that should remain sacred if we wish to hold on to current principles of freedom, liberty and human rights. See Juries face axe in fraud trials
Irish History , Irish Politics ...Written by Sharon O Suillibhan
Irish history , Irish politics : from today and yesterday - all 32 Counties ! After 830 years of conflict , Irish quest for a trouble-free island continues . We have endured countless 'treaties' and 'agreements' , all of which have , to date , failed us . Some of stories