Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Your right to a fair trial? Whatever

Blair's "respect" agenda is much more far-reaching and sinister than it sounds. It would introduce summary justice into UK law across a wide range of offences. I cannot understand how a "leading human rights lawyer" such as Cherie Booth QC (aka Mrs Blair) can want much to do with the man. Magnus Linklater comments:

From the attempt to reduce trial by jury to the removal of the right to silence, the “rebalancing” of justice in favour of the victim, the use of hearsay evidence on character, the introduction of previous convictions into the evidence and the undermining of the reputation of judges, the Blair administration has steadily undermined civil liberties and left an indelible stain on its reputation for fair dealing.

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