“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Police State one step closer.

The Met's Territorial Support Group have been the subject of 5241 complaints over the last four years of which only nine have been substantiated. One officer has had no less than twenty six allegations of violent assault made against him. The recent culmination of this culture of impunity was the sad death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 demo. None of this should come as a surprise of course. All over the world the behaviour of riot cops is tempered only by what they can get away with. It is against this background that the Commons will today debate the proposed Coroners and Justice Bill. Under this new piece of legislation it will be possible for Coroners inquiries to be suspended on 'security' grounds and replaced by secret hearings. You can find out more about this latest attempt by Jack Straw to further erode hard won rights by clicking here.


Dave E said...

It's Jack Straw that needs eroding

ray said...

Nice one Dave. Good to have you back commenting BTW.

Steve B said...

thanks for the link, ray.

sadly we lost this round on the the coroners and justice bill - Jack Straw scraped it by just eight votes. I've updated the post here: http://blogs.amnesty.org.uk/blogs_entry.asp?eid=4623#add

It's back in the Lords on Wednesday - they kicked it out last time, so fingers crossed (and the govt will run out of parliamentary time before long)