Tower Hamlets – General Election Day 2015

I say General Election day, as next month we’ll be going back to the polls for a re-run of the Tower Hamlets mayoral election. But, today on the 7th May 2015, I’ve just been to vote in Bethnal Green and Bow and it’s been a remarkable sight. Three people, and a slightly borer police officer, was all there…

Bratislava – November 2013

My first mini-break as a married man (as mentioned, I’m not branching out into travel blogging, just an aide-memoire to myself). I had been to Bratislava in 1997, and then for less than a day. This time was not that much longer – the first flight out on Saturday 23rd November (brutally early from Stanstead,…

Tower Hamlets – Lutfur Rahman ousted as Mayor

  Introduction Declaration – *I am a resident of Tower Hamlets and have been since before the 2010 General Election. I voted in favour of a directly elected Mayor (despite knowing that it was a vehicle for Respect/Galloway etc, because I thought it was the right thing (I still do). I didn’t vote for Lutfur Rahman…

Lord Janner – CPS decision leaves no one satisfied

Introduction On 16th April 2015 it was announced by the CPS that Greville Janner, the barrister and Labour peer, would not be prosecuted for historic sex offences. This was following an application of the Code for Crown Prosecutors where they concluded that although the evidential test was met, there was no public interest in a…

Do we need a right to review in rape cases?

Introduction If you didn’t know that there was a General Election on, all you need to do is stick you nose in the air and you’ll detect the sweet smell of politicians unveiling new policies, more in the hope of a headline rather than in order to solve a problem. On 12th April 2015, Labour…

Rivlin Report – Summary and Comment

Introduction I was somewhat sceptical of the Rivlin Report (or, more formally, the ‘Criminal Justice, Advocacy and the Bar’ Report by the Criminal Justice Reform Group, chaired by HHJ Rivlin QC) from when it was announced – it was commissioned by the Bar Council, and was not one of the reports that the MoJ stated…