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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Saturday, 28 June 2014


The three Ps; Politics, Police and the Press have in all combinations made the headlines this week. There can be few individuals IMHO who exemplify this entanglement more than former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian (now Lord) Blair and his colleague John Yates   the latter now working in Australia who was an advisor to the ruler of Bahrain on reform of its security forces when he resigned from the Met. Judging by a report from Amnesty International he left his Arab employer with work still to do. The good Lord Blair`s recent public comments are of interest when read against his entry in Wikipedia.

ADDENDUM 4th July 2014

There is a very interesting piece in the Guardian 2nd July which takes this story to the next level

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