Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.

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Thursday, 20 March 2014


From time to time I have been asked by a newly convicted offender of previous good character whether or not his/her (minor) offence eg travelling on public transport without a valid ticket,  would have to be declared to interested parties, i.e. on job applications, professional or educational bodies etc etc.  It used to be simple enough to reply with some prompting if necessary from the L/A : not any more.  TheDisclosure and Barring Service operates under different  rules from its parent; the Criminal Records Bureau.  It appears that as with many arms length quangos its operating efficiency leaves something to be desired.  The Information Commissioner’s Office has today published  news that further adds to my increasing cynicism of the quality of the management of such organisations as the DBS. 

I ask myself whether the inefficiencies at the DBS and the many other problems at similar myriad agencies in the news over the last few years are on the increase or is it the case that increased investigation of these agencies, often by journalists, is bringing them to our attention.  Given the still to be determined results of the Leveson Inquiry I would rather have the tabloids and others with their sometimes lurid content  on my breakfast table if I so chose than “Hacked Off”`s  proposed edited versions.

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