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14 November 2005
British ways to ensure more convictions
First it was the Tories who removed the right to silence of an accused and then introduced majority verdicts at their trials. (*) Then, about a year ago, Labour introduced the notion that a person who has been aquitted once of a crime can then be tried a second time.

I don't believe that any of these "reforms" have anything to do with anything that can be called justice. Mainly they are about appeasing the denizens of Britain's nastier suburbs. I can understand the Tories doing this - after all they are the party of If you want a nigger for a neighbour, vote Labour, but what's the Labour Party's excuse for following them down this path?

In the short term it may bring in a few nasty votes from a few nasty people, but the Tories can always out do Labour in the authoritarian stakes when they put their minds to it. Trying to compete with a party that is as nasty as it is stupid is, well, not what Labour is about.

(*) Actually, it was the Tories who abolished peremptory challenges to prospective jurors and then scrapped the right to silence. Majority verdicts came in much earlier. My thanks to "Vol-in-Law" in the comments box who pointed this out.

>>First it was the Tories who removed the right to silence of an accused and then introduced majority verdicts at their trials.<<

?? It was Roy Hattersley AIR who introduced the 10/12 verdicts, '60s I think. Definitely Labour. Michael Howard (Tory) limited the right to silence, much later ('90s).

14 November 2005 at 23:59  

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