The 'right of silence' arguments in Parliament and Earl Ferrers' prospects of later amendments seem to have little to do with finding the truth in criminal matters. Those who are guilty and wish to confess, do so now. Experienced and sophisticated criminals (often good liars), work out their stories in advance; no doubt they will continue to do so. The inadequate, the inarticulate, children and others with nervous dispositions who are innocent, are likely to say almost anything.
Removal of the 'right of silence' on arrest and in a police station will produce more people telling lies. After which, those against whom there is no direct evidence are liable to be prosecuted. Inevitably those will include a number of the innocent.
These changes will not assist, and they are not designed, to find the truth. They will result in an increase in convictions. Whether of the guilty or the innocent no one can be sure. Where is 'justice' in this Bill? Only in the title I think.
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