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  • Leading article: A victory for civil liberties – but the larger war still rages
    Friday, 5 December 2008

    The implications of this judgment will resound across Britain. The 2001 Criminal Justice and Police Act permitted the police to take and retain DNA samples from anyone they arrested, regardless of whether their target was eventually charged or convic...

  • Letters: Child protection failings
    Friday, 5 December 2008

    My family and I are in this position. After years of trying to improve things for the children concerned ourselves, after repeatedly seeking help from concerned people, and after well over a year of desperately trying to make social services see sens...

  • Leading article: Do not forget the plight of savers
    Friday, 5 December 2008

    Yesterday's one percentage point reduction in interest rates has a single purpose in mind: to ease the cost of borrowing and thus stem, or at least moderate, the slide into recession. It shows, if further demonstration were needed, the perilousness o...

  • Why the sex trade flourishes
    Friday, 5 December 2008

    The second sign is posted on my street. "Just into the UK", my heart sinks when I read it because it almost certainly means there are trafficked girls working as prostitutes in Soho right now. And like the police, I don't ask questions. So I moved in...

  • Podium: New Labour has had to adapt its economic policy to suit the times
    Friday, 5 December 2008

    The priorities of macroeconomic stability, supply side investment and public service reform were crucial and right. It is essential that they are taken forward now with continued commitment. But they are no longer the whole picture. Why? Because the ...

  • David Davis: A condemnation of a policy that does not add up
    Friday, 5 December 2008

    On being charged, both had their fingerprint and DNA samples taken. Once they were no longer under suspicion of an offence, both applied to have their samples and fingerprints destroyed. Both were refused. Both are innocent people in the eyes of the ...

  • Leading article: Sent off
    Friday, 5 December 2008

    Age has not softened Mr Keane's aspect. Look at those eyes, smouldering like hot coals; that grey beard suggesting ferocity rather than sagacity. Would you want to call in this man and tell him that his contract was being terminated? The word is that...

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