The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

Archive for August, 2008

Legalising post-charge questioning

Posted by rantingkraut on August 29, 2008

The Times reports that: “The ban on police being able to question suspects after they have been charged would be scrapped in measures announced yesterday to increase the number of people being convicted.” (source) I don’t know much about the rationale for banning post charge questioning but am somewhat puzzled by the reason given to introduce the reforms “to increase the number of people being convicted.” There seems to be an increasingly accepted view of the legal process as a kind of production process with the number of convictions, rather than the administration of justice, as the end product.

Other details do not really mark changes in direction, they are
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Islamism and Nazism

Posted by rantingkraut on August 28, 2008

Leslie S. Lebl has reviewed a new French Novel (“Le Village de l’Allemand”) in City Journal. This novel, which apparently has some basis in reality, traces the links between Nazi Germany and modern Islamism. It sounds like an interesting read, although I will unfortunately have to wait for a translation.

This is as good an occasion as any to remember that plenty of work on this topic has been done by Matthias Küntzel. Küntzel got some attention in the UK when Leeds University cancelled his talk “Hitler’s Legacy: Islamic antisemitism and the impact of the Muslim Brotherhood” for fear of offending Islamists. The essay is well worth reading (it is a sober and interesting piece on the historical connection between Nazism and Islamic anti-semitism, not an anti-Muslim diatribe). Other writings of Küntzel on this topic can be found on his website.

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Losing data, again!

Posted by rantingkraut on August 27, 2008

Sensitive legal documents relating to a major drugs prosecution in Liverpool have been found on a tip in Lancashire.
The files, which were meant to be destroyed, relate to Operation Montrose, which saw 59 men jailed over drug dealing in 2005.
” (Source)
Another masterpiece from the government that will protect you from identity theft by forcing your personal details onto a central register.

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All you need to know about road pricing …

Posted by rantingkraut on August 18, 2008

It is understood that there is greater enthusiasm in the Treasury than the Department for Transport for road pricing.” (source)

Although, given the cost of operating the London congestion charge, even the treasury may be disappointed.

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More on that Bill of Rights and Freedoms

Posted by rantingkraut on August 15, 2008

Almost a year ago, I commented on plans for a UK Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (now renamed to Bill of Rights and Freedoms). I concluded at the time that: “A UK version of the EU charter [of fundamental rights] is then probably the best one can hope for. A more authoritarian document should come as no surprise either.” A draft outline for a “UK Bill of Rights and Freedoms” has now been published by a Joint Committee on Human Rights.
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