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Bailiffs: the Government acts

Readers may recall us taking a stand on the behaviour of bailiffs employed by local councils to recover Council Tax arrears and other debt, with us charging that some of the activity was criminal.Back then, in September 2011, we had obtained from West Yorkshire...

Defence: no combat immunity

The MoD can no longer hide behind the defence of “combat immunity”, preventing aggrieved relatives from suing the Ministry in the event of deaths of their loved ones in action. That is the effect of a ruling today in the Supreme Court today, where Sue...
Defence: a collective failure

Defence: a collective failure

In 2003, Sgt Steve Roberts gets shot in a “friendly fire” incident in Iraq. Having handing in his body armour, he dies as a result. There is a six-day hearing and, on 18 December last year, Andrew Walker, the assistant deputy coroner for Oxfordshire, says:...

EU politics: calling the EU bluff

Confronted with criticism of the European Union, its supporters would often retort that there could not be so very much wrong with it, to judge by all the countries queuing up to join.In that context, last month’s halt to EU accession negotiations, announced by...

Politics: an equality of penalty?

The Guardian is one of two low-circulation newspapers which today lead on the Tyrie “commission” calling for a new law to jail bankers for “reckless misconduct”, as well as provisions which will require bankers to wait up to 10 years to receive...

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