0 Have your say A controversial visit to Scotland this week by Sri Lanka’s police chief has been cancelled at the last minute after organisers appeared to bow to external pressure. Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority has long accused police there of using torture to crush its independence movement.Inspector General Pujith Jayasundara was due to arrive in the UK today and spend the week at the Scottish Police College in Fife.His five-strong delegation was expected at Tulliallan Castle for talks on “the way that community policing is structured and delivered in Scotland”, a police spokesperson had said.However, on Friday night the Foreign Office said “plans for the delegation have changed and the visit is now no longer going ahead next week”.The visit was set to be contentious. Green Party MSP and ex-policeman John Finnie said he was concerned by “the reputational damage that can flow from repressive regimes having any form of … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka’s police chief pulls out of controversial visit to Scotland
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Mind, News & Analysis by Noel McDermott 29th June 2018 Share This Twitter Facebook Google+ Email A recent exposé showed what seems to amount to unethical practice in accepting referral fees by psychiatrists. One stated he accepted payment on a daily basis for a patient who stayed in rehab for 18 months. There was outrage at the referral fee for this amounting to £40K+ over that time. The outrage is misplaced; it’s not the size of the fee, it’s the length of stay which is the outrage. 18 months in a rehab is clinically dangerous. There is no justification for this. It’s not my place to police financial practice, but it is my place to call out bad clinical practice. In the UK as in most counties around the world, mental health services aim to avoid hospital admission and where it is necessary reduce the stay to the absolute minimum. This is based on overwhelming clinical evidence of superior … [Read more...] about Not just a Hollywood film plot – psychiatric patients are being institutionalised for profit
Trying to link a spaghetti western with digital privacy might seem as a stretch: but in Europe, we are reaching the climactic showdown of how to efficiently protect privacy online, without hampering innovation and our continent's global competitiveness. Rules are now tighter in the EU and beyond, businesses and public authorities are sweating to be compliant. But GDPR is not enough for the EU legislator: a new ePrivacy Regulation is on its way and will impact the European digital economy even more. Telecoms ministers have a choice: either they can decide to reinvent the wheel of GDPR, and fall prey to a supposed silver bullet – consent. Or they decide to go for common sense, and move the discussion in a sensible realistic direction. We are not there yet. According to some, the silver bullet that will save our privacy is consent. I agree that consent is important to empower citizens when their personal data are used. I need to know and agree that my personal data are … [Read more...] about [Opinion] ‘Consent’
They came in a steady stream, picking their way across a garden in central Oxford to the Quaker meeting room beyond. A crowd of largely middle-aged women, the sort you would find at any literary festival or school open evening; friends exchanging kisses, a baby squawking in a pushchair. Only the chanting protesters outside gave the game away. For this was a meeting called by the feminist organisation Woman’s Place to discuss potential changes in the law on gender recognition, and that meant tension in the air. At a recent meeting in Bristol, masked activists tried to stop speakers entering the building. In Cardiff, the venue cancelled the women’s booking after threats were made. Last month, a trans activist called Tara Wolf was convicted of assaulting Maria Maclachlan, a 61-year-old feminist, during a protest at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park where Maclachlan was filming trans activists. Oxford’s student-led protest went more peacefully, but some attendees were … [Read more...] about The Gender Recognition Act is controversial – can a path to common ground be found?
This week the judges at Nottingham Crown Court dealt with a wide range of cases. A pensioner was locked up for a city centre stabbing, a man was spared jail over his stolen cannabis crop, and a 55-year-old man was dealt with for having thousands of indecent images of children on his computer tower. Over at the magistrates' court, a mum was left with a scar after being hit by a shoe, a woman was dealt with for stealing steak from Aldi and a disabled OAP got a second drink drive ban. We've got the cases you may have missed here. The pensioner jailed for stabbing friend A 75-year-old ex-miner has been jailed after he stabbed a friend he developed feelings for in the back with a pocket knife. Peter Allen appeared in court in a wheelchair as his health has deteriorated since the horrific attack on a woman nearly 30 years younger. Judge Sarah Buckingham sent him to prison for five years and five months after the emphysema-sufferer pleaded guilty today to wounding with intent to cause … [Read more...] about Missed what has been happening in the courts this week? Here’s the round-up