The "Defend the Right to Protest" campaign has put out this statement about the police preparations for Margaret Thatcher's funeral on 17 April 2013.
Civil liberties, justice, crime
John Stalker, former Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, wrote in the Daily Mirror of 14 April that "Britain has never been closer to becoming a police state than when Margaret Thatcher was in charge".
In 2010 the Labour government commissioned Baroness Vivien Stern to oversee a review into how rape complaints are handled by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
The government plans to privatise 70% of the entire national probation service by 2015, leaving just “high-risk offender management” to public probation trusts.
“Police Sapphire teams strongly encourage women to drop rape cases... Police failed to believe victims”, reported the BBC news at the end of February.
The Home Office statistics bulletin on sexual offending in England and Wales estimates that 2.5% of women and 0.4% of men were the victims of sexual assault in 2011/12, representing around 473,000 adults.
The private security industry is expanding at an impressive pace. Estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars, the industry includes vast corporations such as G4S, now the world’s third largest private sector employer, and with a global staff of 657,000.
The Government has confirmed that closure of five more prisons and the partial closures of two more. In their place a proposed “super prison” in London, Wales or the North West will keep 2000 people locked up, with over 3000 staff working there.
When thieves fall out... The Tory party and the police are unusually at odds, and right-wing Tory journalist Max Hastings has been prompted to say some truths about the cops (Financial Times, 21 December).
Earlier this month, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission ruled that Palestinian-Jordanian Islamist cleric Abu Qatada could not be deported to Jordan, because he might be tried there on the basis of evidence obtained under torture.