Justice for the rich, McJustice for the poor.

This is the speech I made to the #Just4Justice Legal Aid protest on 7 March 2014. As you probably know, we’re going to be hearing a lot over the next year about the Magna Carta, because in 2015 it will be 800 years old. It’s going to be a big deal – there are going […]

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Human Rights, Human Wrongs

It is 20 years ago today that the first Human Rights Day celebrated the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. A huge amount has been achieved since then in many countries around the world, but not everything has changed for the better. The 20th year of Human Rights Day is also […]

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Karen Buck MP – Superhero

It is great to see that Education Secretary Michael Gove has been forced to scrap plans to create a two-tier education system, which would have split children into winners and losers at 16, and abolished lessons in the arts completely. My favourite quote came from my favourite MP, constituency superhero, Karen Buck. On Mr Gove’s […]

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Why you can never trust the Tories

Remember David Cameron’s promised “bare knuckle fight” with Gordon Brown to save Accident and Emergency departments? Of the 29  he said he’d fight a blind man to save, 12 have either been closed or downgraded. You can never trust the Tories.      

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What Everyone Should Know About George Osborne

With the Bank of England now predicting that there will be no growth at all in the UK economy this year, many people are starting to ask themselves whether George Osborne actually knows what he’s doing. So here is a short list of things everyone should know about the Chancellor of the Exchequer, arranged as […]

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Five Simple Ways to Help Get Rid of the Tories

Are you snowed under, maybe juggling work and family commitments, but convinced you have to do something to help get rid of the Tories? Don’t worry! You are not alone! Here are five simple ways that busy people can help give the Tories the boot. 1. Join the Labour Party Joining Labour has three huge […]

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A loud bang, and our carriage filled with smoke…

Taking the tube into the West End this evening, as the train pulled in to St Paul’s, there was a loud bang, and our carriage filled with smoke. We all piled off sharply, as you can imagine, but looking around, there didn’t seem to be a bomb or a fire. The smoke cleared, and the staff […]

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Computer Crime, Good News and Bad News

By all accounts, May seems to have been a terrible month for the security of government computer systems. First the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) announced that they were taking their website offline, after an attack claimed by a hacker group. Then in an interview with the Guardian, Major General Jonathan Shaw, who has spent […]

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Out with the old laws, in with a thousand new ones

Last week the Law Commission published new proposals for the repeal of a few hundred old laws, leading to a few hundred newspaper articles poking gentle fun at ancient road tolls and bizarre gemstone lotteries. Some writers complained about the cull, arguing that to get rid of this legal archaeology makes life bland. Quirky old […]

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Help End Homelessness

I know first-hand how hard it is for single homeless people, especially single men, to get help. I was homeless for a spell when younger, not living on the streets, but one of the countless ‘hidden homeless’ living in squats, derelict houses, and sofa-hopping, slowly exhausting the goodwill of my long-suffering friends. That’s why I […]

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