February 2009

Charon QC podcast on Jack Straw’s veto

February 27, 2009

Once again I was talking to Charon today, this time about Jack Straw’s veto on the disclosure of those pesky Iraq minutes. Listen here.

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Jack Straw’s veto and the Iraq minutes

February 25, 2009

In the end, then, the minutes of Cabinet meetings at which the decision to invade Iraq was taken will not be released; Jack Straw has invoked section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act, thus vetoing disclosure in spite of the ruling of the Information Tribunal by a two to one majority that the Information […]

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Charon QC podcast on Abu Qatada

February 19, 2009

Charon spoke to me again this afternoon, this time about Abu Qatada – the Lords ruling on Wednesday and today’s ruling from Strasbourg awarding him compensation. We talk a bit about the man himself and the whole sage of his life in Britain, what evidence the courts have seen of his role in international jihad, […]

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Abu Qatada’s compensation

February 19, 2009

It’s all about him at the moment, isn’t it? Now, the ECtHR has decided to give him €2,800 to compensate him for his detention in Belmarsh prison from 2002 to 2005. There’ll be strong feelings about this ruling, both from those who think Abu Qatada should have been deported years ago regardless of human rights […]

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Abu Qatada: Victoria Brittain’s extraordinary response

February 19, 2009

I stuck to legal analysis in my last post on Abu Qatada, because I think that’s more interesting than writing about how wicked he is and/or how wicked torture is. But reading this extraordinary piece by Victoria Brittain at Comment is Free, I feel a duty to respond. It’s fair enough for people to be […]

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Lords judgment: Abu Qatada and others can be deported

February 18, 2009

The Lords today have ruled today, unanimously, in RB (Algeria) and OO (Jordan) v Home Secretary that Algerian terror suspects and the Jordanian Abu Qatada can lawfully be deported to their home countries; to do so would not breach the Article 3 Convention right not to be tortured because the UK can properly rely on […]

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Damian Green’s bail extended

February 13, 2009

The extension of bail for Christopher Galley and Damian Green, is, according to the CPS, to enable them to “resolve issues of Parliamentary privilege”. It’ll be a pity if this renews the hopeless debate about the entirely lawful search of Green’s office, which many thought, wrongly, breached Parliamentary privilege. What I think the CPS must […]

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The Christian Institute and the case of the "sacked" foster carer

February 13, 2009

Both the Telegraph and the Daily Mail reported earlier this week about an evangelical Christian who’s been taken off the fostering register by her local authority after a sixteen-year-old girl, brought up as a Muslim, converted to Christianity and was baptised while in her care. The foster mother is now apparently considering legal action, presumably […]

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Charon QC podcast on Geert Wilders

February 13, 2009

This morning Charon QC spoke to me about Geert Wilders, and my view that his exclusion is unlawful – it was a good chance for me to put together all the strands of my analysis, as set out my previous posts, and add yet another thought flowing from the fact, that emerged yesterday, that Wilders […]

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Geert Wilders: why no comment from Liberty?

February 12, 2009

I’ve not heard any comment about this either from Liberty, or from David Davis. Why not? It’s a major free speech issue.

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