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Thursday 12 May 2011
We assume that the principle of innocent until proven guilty prevails across the British criminal justice system. But that is a mistake. Those whose convictions are quashed must demonstrate that a miscarriage of justice has taken place in order to be awarded official compensation. Such individuals are, in effect, required to prove their innocence.
Wednesday 20 April 2011
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Tuesday 08 March 2011
Sunday 20 February 2011
Tuesday 15 February 2011
Tuesday 25 January 2011
The guru-principle holds good in Western classical music as it does in the music of the East. Kotaro Fukuma’s programme-note suggests he’s collected a whole gallery of gurus: if he’s drawn the key element from each, he should have crossed Leon Fleischer’s Teutonic power with Aldo Ciccolini’s Italian finesse, and Richard Goode’s serene classicism with Maria Joao Pires’s bold Romanticism; Mitsuko Uchida’s fastidious intensity with Leslie Howard’s virtuosity.
Friday 31 December 2010
James Pickles was the self-proclaimed "human face of the judiciary" and "the People's Judge" whose outspoken and colourful attacks on the British legal establishment made him a household name in the 1980s and 1990s. Never one to shy away from his own self-belief and judgement, Pickles regularly attracted controversy for his contentious sentencing policy and his outspoken criticism of senior legal figures, once describing one Lord Chief Justice, Lord Lane, as a "dinosaur living in the wrong age" and another, Lord Hailsham, as a "brooding Quixotic dictator" born with a golden spoon in his mouth and as "an arrogant, pompous, toffee-nosed Old Etonian".
Monday 22 November 2010
Workaholic Britons are in danger of running out of time to take their full annual holiday entitlement, a survey shows.
Wednesday 10 November 2010
Relatives and friends of the dead may be given the right to sue for libel under Scottish legal reforms.
Wednesday 10 November 2010
Watch out Africa, Gordon's coming and he's offering to do to you what he did to us. He might not have understood the English but his Big Man theory of government is well recognised in some parts of Africa. He'd be quite a good dictator as dictators go – he might even get elected, with his people counting the votes.
Thursday 09 September 2010
I like to think that I would walk through fire to watch Simon Russell Beale recite the Argos catalogue. All the same, I did wonder how desperate I was to see him in this revival of Ira Levin's 1978 mega-hit, Deathtrap. But even if you're the kind of person for whom the term "comedy thriller" normally has all the appeal of, say, "morris dancing" or "make-over programme", you'll still find much to enjoy in Matthew Warchus's well-judged, witty production, which expertly balances the teasing tension and the arch, tongue-in-cheek humour.
Wednesday 01 September 2010
Tony Blair admitted today that he used alcohol as a "prop" to escape from the pressures of being Prime Minister.
Monday 30 August 2010
Of some significance to those who care about such things: the so-called "it" bag, shoe, piece of costume jewellery and so forth is no more.
Wednesday 25 August 2010
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn