"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Sunday Round-Up


Questions raised over quality of intelligence. "MI5...will be spending the next few weeks frantically trying to discover whether Abdulmutallab had, at any time, appeared on their radar. The service will want to know whether he was a complete unknown or if he was one of the 2,000-plus "persons of interest" MI5 currently has on its books and who are believed to be associated with al-Qaeda in some capacity."
Britain's jihadis.  "For years now, Islamic extremists wanted on terror charges in their own country have taken sanctuary in Britain. Our judges (not our politicians) say it would be cruel to send them back to their own countries, in case they're tortured.  Result? People actually convicted for terror attacks in countries like Libya can live freely here"
Cynical election ploy as Labour steal another Tory policy: "Gordon Brown is preparing to pitch Labour as the party of marriage and the family in an audacious bid for core Tory votes."
Talk of Labour in-fighting heats up. "Jack Straw is leading a group of five rebel Cabinet Ministers who want Gordon Brown to step down as Labour leader before the General Election, it was claimed last night. And Peter Mandelson was accused of ‘sulking’ after it emerged that Schools Secretary Ed Balls has ousted him as Mr Brown’s unofficial deputy."
Conservatives to give police chiefs option to scrap PCSOs. "...some police officers have always been sceptical of the effectiveness of PCSOs and argue that the public is ill-served by supposed police officers who do not have the same training as full officers and fewer powers. The Police Federation has accused the Labour Government of undermining the role of constable and "policing on the cheap".
Telecoms firms speak out against 'East German Stasi' plans. ‘It would be extremely ironic if we at T-Mobile (UK) Ltd had to acquire the surveillance functionality envisaged by the Consultation Document at the same time that our parent company, headquartered in Germany, was celebrating the 20th anniversary of the demise of the equivalent systems established by the Stasi in the federal states of the former East Germany.’
Cameron recalls Eurosceptic & Thatcherite. "...will unveil new policies on health, welfare and law and order. The move, due for the first week of January, comes after the surprise recall of Mr Cameron’s former political director, George Bridges."
Civil Servants exert undue influence on criminal justice system. "It [Napo] said it found examples that officials at the National Offender Management Service had ordered frontline probation staff to exclude potentially mitigating factors when writing pre-sentencing reports, to change the length of supervision orders and to alter risk assessments carried out on offenders who had left prison."
The mafia make themselves at home in Britain "But while Panzuto has now given us names of his British accomplices, which we passed on to British authorities earlier this year, the British do not seem to be that interested."

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