The Debate on Fox Hunting

Tomorrow, Parliament will debate a Statutory Instrument (SI) amending the 2004 Hunting Act. There are several changes, but the key one removes the current limit of two dogs that can be used to flush out foxes (and certain other animals) for the purposes of pest control. This ninety-minute debate will be followed by a free […]

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Who Watches the Watchers?

Yesterday, Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee published a carefully worded, but nonetheless far-reaching, report on the state of UK surveillance laws. It was precipitated by the Edward Snowden revelations. The report concluded three key things: First, UK surveillance laws lack adequate safeguards and proper oversight. Second, the intelligence agencies are engaged in ‘bulk’ trawling of […]

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The European Arrest Warrant – a problem that’s not going away

Last Monday, Paliamemt’s long-awaited debate and vote on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) descended into a navel-gazing farce. This week, there will be a second chance in the House of Commons. Today, the Mail on Sunday features an interview with the latest victim, Keith Hainsworth, a Greek tutor from Hampton, caught up in an absurd […]

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