The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

Taking a Mile

Posted by rantingkraut on August 15, 2006

Having been given an inch when the Blair regime introduced on the spot fines for minor offences, the Police are asking for more. According to a report in the Guardian today, the requested new powers would enable the police to arbitrarily exclude people from public areas as well as ordering them not to associate in public.

Such a measure would simply continue Blair’s pet project of abolishing such old fashioned nuisances as due process and the presumption of innocence. Shami Chakrabati predictably objects, but mainly seems concerned about the implications for police efficiency:

I think that you can alienate people from the police and make the police’s job even harder if they are perceived to be dishing out summary justice on the street.

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