This isn’t the first time this has happened. In fact, there is a detailed and shameful history of such incidents going back decades. We might think we have moved on entirely from the days when Nancy Astor, the UK’s first sitting female MP, was frozen out by Winston Churchill and told by a male colleague that he would push his stomach up against hers any time she liked. But the treatment of today’s female MPs sometimes suggests we have barely moved forward at all. … [Read more...] about So Theresa May has breasts – who knew?
At its heart lies the failure of police and prosecutors to respect the critical importance of their obligation to disclose material that either undermines the prosecution case or helps the defence. The review found that police do not draw the attention of the CPS to evidence that weakens their case, and the CPS doesn’t question the quality of the material handed over. Neither properly honours the duty of disclosure to help the defence – that is, to ensure a fair trial. They appear more anxious to get a conviction than to see justice done. Circumstances such as the political priority given by Theresa May and continued by the home secretary, Amber Rudd, to tackling violence against women and girls only encourage the suspicion – eagerly fostered on the right – that increasing the number of prosecutions and improving conviction rates, which are now at record highs, is taken to legitimise the withholding of evidence. That is a travesty of two facts. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on rape and the police: justice first
“You don’t have to be a genius to realise this leaflet is one long dog whistle about race and the diversity that the vast majority of Londoners are so proud of. The Tory party clearly haven’t changed. Theresa May should condemn this leaflet and apologise to all Londoners immediately.” … [Read more...] about Labour condemns Tories for racially charged attack on Sadiq Khan
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A crisis has been brewing for decades – and left unattended the problem can only get worse. Britain has a rising population and the trend is for smaller households, both of which mean demand for housing will keep on rising. The weak growth figures for the first three months of 2018 will keep borrowing costs on hold for now but sooner or later the Bank of England will raise interest rates. That will make it still harder for people in their 20s to get a foot on the housing ladder. … [Read more...] about Want to resolve the UK’s housing crisis? Here’s how