I'd like to keep the site ticking over during the Christmas break, so am proposing a New Labour-style package of measures to stimulate the blogging economy during those bleak, lesson-free weeks. So I'll be offering music vouchers (itunes or an alternative) for the following:
16 years later and the Met have finally and admitted their mistakes by apologising to Colin Stagg after they wrongly took him to court over the murder of Rachel Nickell. Didnâ€™t take too long then, did it?!
The top leader in today's Times celebrates the Justice Secretary's decision to open family courts to reporters. This is a crucial reform, long overdue and of significance to all who care about freedom of speech and aÂ journalist's duty to hold power to account. Of course, the main beneficiaries will be families, for whom future risk ofÂ serious miscarriages of justice will be diminished by the new transparency. Ah, I'm giddy on the oxygen of truth.
Did anyone hear about the man who stitched his mouth shut to avoid being sent back to Iraq? This treatment of rejected asylum seekers is horrific. Clearly people who beat themselves unconscious and stab themselves in the stomach (same article) have a reason to be afraid of being deported.