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Sunday, 19 July 2009

Sunday Round-Up

The Telegraph reports on the ludicrous situation of terrorists freed from jail with only 'limited supervision': An inadequate justice system lets us down - again.

Harriet Harman explains why the Parliamentary Standards Bill is being rushed through without proper scrutiny and shows her ignorance at the same time: “because the public will feel that we have not got the point and we have put the matter into the long grass”.

The Sunday Times uncovers the bare-faced thievery of Lord Smith of Finsbury, formerly plain old Chris Smith, Labour Culture Minister. He attended the House of Lords on three days last week for a total of nine minutes and pocketed £484.50 just for poking his snout around the door. He claims more than £20k pa for attendance.

Changes made to the rules governing peerages means Lords could lose their seats if found guilty of crime or 'misconduct' - which, on the surface, sounds good but unfortunately the rule changes will also allow Marrakesh Mandy to step down from the Lords and stand again for the Commons.

Mail on Sunday: Victims of crime targeted in cost-cutting moves
The Observer: FluLine delayed by internal wrangling plus Gangs, guns and postcodes in Sheffield
Independent on Sunday: News at last of US soldier kidnapped in Afghanistan plus Scottish government's ferry service "an affront to the wishes and religious beliefs of the people of the island..."

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