Jack Straw and the thin end of a wedge

When Jack Straw was a much younger man he was thought to be a trouble maker by the establishment. A socialist from an Essex grammar school Mr Straw was elected as President of the National Union of Students in 1969, which was a year when students at many English Universities were protesting against interference with their freedom and civil liberties by the establishment. When at Manchester University the Vice Chancellor sought injunctions restraining some students from speaking on a debate about a proposal to occupy administration buildings, many students went on strike and occupied University buildings in defence of what they saw as unfair treatment and interference with their freedom of speech. Mr Straw encouraged us in this and spoke eloquently on freedom to us. Continue reading

Confiscation of ill gotten gains is blocked by there being no effective legal aid

When I was young I practiced some, but not a lot, of criminal law. These days I hardly practice any criminal law. I think that my firm last undertook criminal legal aid work more than twenty years ago, so I have no personal financial interest in what I shall write about today. Continue reading