Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Time to start educating children about their rights after figures show Police stopped and searched 500 under 10s

Shocking figures show that police in Scotland have stopped and searched 750,000 people in the last year. The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research report also found that 500 children under 10 were stopped and searched in 2010 alone.  This has … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Police, Scotland, stop and search | 1 Comment

Last day to have your say on Glasgow subway photo ban

Last month I told you about SPT’s plan to ban photography on the Glasgow Subway.  I said that:So, you’re on the Glasgow subway with some friends and one of them does something cute or funny or otherwise worth recording for … Continue reading

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Nick Clegg in secret courts victory – but the debate is not over

If you doubt the Liberal Democrat influence in this Coalition Government, look no further than today’s news about how the Government has moderated its plans on secret courts in three important ways at the insistence of  Nick Clegg. The key concessions … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, liberal democrat wins in government, secret justice | 2 Comments

Julian Huppert MP talks to bloggers on web snooping plans

Last Wednesday night, I took part in a conference call Julian Huppert MP and other bloggers who were interested in any potential web snooping plans. When I say interested, I mean “would start frothing at the mouth if any of … Continue reading

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What I said to FCC on Conference Accreditation

So, there I was, in my parents’ living room on Saturday afternoon and suddenly the awful realisation hit me. I’d been urging everyone else to respond to the Federal Conference Committee’s hasty consultation on the Sussex Police’s request for an … Continue reading

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Conference accreditation rears its unacceptable, illiberal and not very pretty head

You kind of expect motions passed at Federal Conference about Federal Conference to be taken seriously by Federal Conference Committee. Especially in a year when they’re up for election. Unfortunately the message from the motion on Accreditation for attendees at … Continue reading

Posted in Accreditation, Andrew Wiseman, Civil Liberties, Federal Conference Committee, Liberal Democrat Conference, Tim Farron, Tim Gordon | 1 Comment

Lib Dem Conference Protester charges are dropped – but after he’d spent 10 days in jail

Remember way back in September I was not chuffed to hear that student Edd Bauer had been packed off to jail for unfurling a protest banner on a bridge near the ICC in Birmingham where our Conference was going on? … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Edd Bauer, John Hemming MP, Liberal Democrat Conference | 4 Comments

Time to let the Naked Rambler on his way.

I read with despair the report yesterday of the Naked Rambler’s minute of freedom before being locked up for another 657 days. Is keeping this guy locked up in jail for longer than most people would get for much more … Continue reading

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I am not impressed by several reports today that the Coalition has gone back on its intention to delete DNA from innocent people in line with the system we have here in Scotland. This was set in stone in the … Continue reading

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>Liberal Democrats win some arguments on Counter Terrorism, but fight must go on

>There are times when I really wish we were in Government on our own. Then we could simply reduce the pre charge detention time to the matter of hours, or certainly less than a week, that it is across Europe. … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Control orders, Shami Chakrabarti | 3 Comments