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Raab’s move from Foreign Office to Justice is a DEMOTION

And quite right too – although he should have been kicked onto the backbenches to go back to his lazy old ways.

Remember: Dominic Raab came to public attention as a co-author of the book Britannia Unchained, which alleged that British workers were among the laziest in the world. It was then revealed that he was one of the laziest MPs in the House of Commons.

And let’s face it he’s been absolutely rubbish as Foreign Secretary:

We knew he was on his way out after the debacle that was the UK’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. He actually admitted that the intelligence agencies of both the UK and USA were outsmarted by a gang of desert-dwelling Taliban terrorists (but were they? Or was he just too stupid to pay attention to what they were saying, and did he think the Taliban would abide by what he decided to do? That was Joe Biden’s mistake).

He had only just got back from holiday, although he claimed he had been working – there – from the moment he had been told of the emergency. He denied claims that he had been seen sunning himself on the beach by claiming that “The sea was closed.”

His pathetic performance was highlighted by the resurfacing of an image of him posing with a woman wearing a sign saying, “He has no idea what he is doing” (above).

Trouble is, his role as prime minister Boris Johnson’s official stand-in has been confirmed with Raab named Deputy Prime Minister in this week’s Cabinet reshuffle. But his record in this respect is no cause for pride:

Covid-19 safety rules told us not to touch objects when we don’t know where they’ve been, and then lick our fingers. Raab did it while standing in for Johnson at a Covid-19 press conference.

He still has this job. In fact, it has been given a title for the first time.

Perhaps that’s the reason he has said he is delighted with the change.

Because going from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Ministry of Justice is, in no uncertain terms, a demotion. Raab is out of favour, and rightly so. He is a disgrace to UK politics.

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Buckland judged unworthy – but plan to put government above the law lives on

Robert Buckland: he had one job – to put Boris Johnson above the law.

Robert Buckland has become the second Cabinet member to be sacked in Boris Johnson’s reshuffle.

If you can’t place the name, he used to be Justice Secretary and has been behind the plan to ensure the courts will not be able to stop Johnson’s Tory Government from breaking the law in the future.

The idea is to restrict the courts’ powers of judicial review to prevent them from examining government legislation and deciding whether it conforms with the law – or breaks it.

It would give Johnson the ability to do anything he wants – by making sure the rest of us have no legal power to stop him.

Johnson was deeply embarrassed by judicial reviews that overturned his decisions to mismanage Brexit and to prorogue Parliament, back in 2019, and it seems this is the entirely selfish motivation behind the proposed law.

MPs from every party apart from the Conservatives have pointed out that the plan is based on a lie by Johnson and his government that a panel led by Lord Faulks QC had found that courts in judicial review cases had become more prone “to edge away from a strictly supervisory jurisdiction”.

Faulks himself has contradicted this Tory lie. He said his panel did not identify any such “trend” and “was not ultimately convinced that judicial review needed radical reform”.

The plan to put the government above the law has been condemned by the  Bar Council, Law Society, Constitutional and Administrative Law Association, Liberty, Justice and the Public Law Project for the same reason.

The Ministry of Justice – and therefore Buckland, as the Secretary of State, responded: “We made a manifesto commitment to ensure the judicial review process is not open to abuse or delay, or used to conduct politics by another means.” Fine words that are not borne out by the substance of the plan.

So we are losing a Justice Secretary who wanted to put injustice at the heart of Tory government decision-making. But is Johnson only replacing one such character with somebody worse?

ADDITIONAL: As I was typing this story, it was announced that Dominic Raab has been demoted from Foreign Secretary to Justice Secretary. It seems likely to This Writer that this is in order to push through the plan to put Johnson above the law more quickly.

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Peace and Justice Project update: fighting for the right to protest – and for security WITHOUT war

Positive change: Jeremy Corbyn’s Peace and Justice Project is working to improve the lives of people in the UK and across the world. Isn’t that better than Boris Johnson’s determination to crush anybody who disagrees with him, and to launch pointless wars abroad?

Jeremy Corbyn’s Peace and Justice Project has had a busy month after the Johnson Tory government put forward plans to curb your right to protest and to escalate involvement in pointless wars across the world.

The attack on your right to protest is now well-documented; Boris Johnson and cronies like Priti Patel want to arrest you if you “annoy” them with protests against their increasingly unfair, fascist new laws.

And the plan to spend billions on new nuclear arms and become involved in more foreign wars over lengthier periods of time has also been well-reported.

Here’s Jeremy Corbyn to outline what the Peace and Justice Project has been doing about it – and on all the other issues it is taking forward:

This is worthwhile politics – actually working to make the UK, and the wider world, a better place in which to live.

It is sad that the UK’s system of government has now become so corrupt that the only way of achieving positive goals is as part of a campaigning organisation – but that is the situation that the last 42 years of neoliberal politics has created.

We can either work within that situation or give up and accept slavery to the likes of Johnson, or Keir Starmer, or the next would-be dictator.

If you want to be part of the movement for change, details of how to join the Peace and Justice Project are in the video.

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Hillsborough trial collapses as judge rules there’s no case to answer

Betrayed again: it seems early inquiries into the Hillsborough tragedy were organised in order to deflect criticism of the police while having no legal weight at all.

It seems to me that somebody has been dancing around the law in a very clever way.

Three people accused of perverting the course of justice, with regard to the Hillsborough disaster that killed 96, have been acquitted.

The reason? The statements they prepared – which have been called into question – were provided to a public inquiry chaired by Lord Taylor in 1990 – but it was not a statutory inquiry, therefore not “a court of law”, so there was no “course of public justice” which could be perverted.

In that case, what was the point of having such an inquiry?

Nothing it found can be considered safe.

We have no information on whether the statements by retired Ch Supt Donald Denton, retired Det Ch Insp Alan Foster and former solicitor Peter Metcalf were slanted to minimise blame on South Yorkshire Police.

Without knowing that, we cannot know whether the conclusion of the inquiry – the inquiry, mark you – was accurate or not.

The question therefore arises: why was this not a statutory inquiry? Was a political decision made to run it as it was, in order to avoid possible legal repercussions in the future – like the accusation of perverting justice now?

Some might be hoping that this judgement will close the book on Hillsborough – but it has only given us more reason to demand justice for the 96.

Source: Hillsborough trial: Men acquitted as judge rules no case to answer – BBC News

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Priti Patel attacks immigrants again: her policies breached human rights rules on deaths in detention

Priti Patel has been creating prejudiced policies to frustrate or undermine inquiries into the deaths of people held at her immigration detention centres.

That is the ruling of two judges in the immigration court (and be honest, did you even know we had one?) on Wednesday.

It relates to two friends, Ahmed Lawal and Oscar Lucky Okwurime, both from Nigeria, who were in Harmondsworth immigration removal centre when Okwurime was found dead in his cell there on 12 September 2019.

Lawal was a key witness – but the Home Office, run by Priti Patel, tried to have him deported back to Nigeria five days after the death was discovered – before he could provide any evidence.

He took the case to the High Court where a judge halted his removal.

After he gave evidence in person at an inquest in November 2020, a jury found that Okwurime had died unnaturally, as a result of neglect following a subarachnoid haemorrhage, which can rupture due to hypertension. His blood pressure reading on August 22, 2019 showed hypertension.

The jury found that this reading was not taken again due to multiple failures to adhere to healthcare policy.

Given these opportunities to repeat this basic medical test on a vulnerable person, neglect contributed to the death.

So the Home Office was responsible for the death through neglect of a person in its custody – and had tried to deport the vital witness before he was able to give evidence.

Lawal then challenged the Home Office in the immigration court, focusing on whether the home secretary can remove a potential witness to a death in custody before it is clear whether they will be needed as a witness.

The judges found fault, not only with Home Office policy at the time but with two replacement policies:

The judges found that the home secretary’s decision to remove Lawal to Nigeria was unlawful as she had failed to take reasonable steps to secure his evidence relating to Okwurime’s death before starting removal proceedings.

A replacement policy in August 2020 was also found to be unlawful as it failed to identify and take steps to secure the evidence of those who may have relevant information about a death in detention.

The home secretary’s current policy was found to be “legally deficient”. The judges found that the absence of a policy to direct what should happen following a death in immigration detention was unlawful and concluded that there needed to be such a policy.

A spokesperson for the Home Office is reported as saying that it will be “refreshing” its current processes – not changing them, notice.

I suppose we should be grateful that they didn’t say “lessons have been learned”.

I expect we shall soon find that the only lessons learned from this case are how to cover up any further deaths so we don’t find out about them.

Source: Priti Patel’s detention policies found to breach human rights rules | Priti Patel | The Guardian

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His own colleagues said he was a menace. Now see how Jeremy Corbyn is working to make YOUR life better

Jeremy Corbyn’s Peace and Justice Project hasn’t been sitting around waiting for the world to change.

He – and they – have been working on four main projects, along with several offshoots, to make a difference in all our lives – as soon as possible.

In the video clip above, he explains what has been going on while the Tories – and his successor as Labour leader – dithered over the economy, got confused over Covid, and discussed laws to support violence against women.

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Jeremy Corbyn updates us on his Peace & Justice Project – and how you can get involved

It has been a couple of weeks since Jeremy Corbyn, Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varoufakis and others launched the Peace & Justice Project, so Mr Corbyn has kindly made a video to let us all know about developments since then.

It’s self-explanatory so take a look:

The project relies on people power – on members of the public getting involved and contributing to the process.

You can do this by visiting the Peace & Justice Project website and joining one (or several) of the campaigns.

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Is Mike facing cruel & unusual treatment for daring to seek justice while poor?

Money: it seems this is what matters to Rachel Riley and her lawyers – filthy lucre. Their latest move is yet another attempt to make justice too expensive for me; to claim that I do not deserve the protection of the law, because I am poor.

It seems my earlier claim that time is running out was more accurate than even I thought.

The judge who presided over Rachel Riley’s application to strike out my defence against her libel claim – Mrs Justice Collins Rice – is minded to allow Riley’s costs order in full. This is for an amazing sum of more than £27,000.

Allow me to explain why this is amazing:

Her solicitor Mark Lewis’s costs have been allowed at City rates – which is “unreasonable and disproportionate” according to a long-standing principle in defamation cases.

This states that “City rates for City solicitors are recoverable where the City solicitor is undertaking City work, which is normally heavy commercial or corporate work. Defamation is not in that category, and, particularly given the reduction in damages awards for libel, is never likely to be.  A City firm which undertakes work, which could be competently handled by a number of Central London solicitors, is acting unreasonably and disproportionately if it seeks to charge City rates”.

The Civil Justice Council expressly restated that rule in a report on solicitors’ hourly rates it published only last month.

Allowing Lewis to charge £500 per hour – which is what the judge seems minded to do – is a significant departure from the recommendation and it seems there is no extraordinary circumstance that justifies it.

Furthermore, despite the costs order not having been handed down yet, and the fact that such orders are usually payable within 14 days, Riley’s solicitor intends to enforce it within eight days – by February 9, which happens to be the day before the deadline for me to appeal against the strike-out ruling. Coincidence?

I’m told I have reasonably good prospects of resisting the costs enforcement. And I am considering the unusual step of appealing against the costs order.

But doesn’t this strike you as extremely cruel and unusual treatment, prompted by Riley’s people?

It seems to me that Riley’s legal team have tried to arrange matters so that I have to pay far more than a “reasonable” amount in costs – before I can lodge my appeal against the judgment that means I have to pay any costs at all – in order (yet again) to price me out of justice.

What a nasty, underhanded ploy. One might even consider it to be psychological warfare.

I will do what I can to fight this. If you are as disgusted by this as I am – as any right-thinking person should be – then please help in the way we have established:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via the CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

If this is the way Riley’s employees behave, what does it say about the character of the person who has hired them?

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Time is running out! Help Mike fund his appeal against wrong-headed Riley ruling

Happier days: Vox Political’s Mike Sivier with the correction he secured from the last organisation to publish falsehoods about him. Hopefully, one day soon, you’ll see an image of Mike with an apology by Rachel Riley.

The week after a judge struck out my defence against Rachel Riley’s libel case against me was… eventful, wasn’t it?

In many ways it was one of a kind I hope I’ll never see again: extremely stressful, with a large amount of hard work.

The element that kept me going through this struggle was certainly the response to my appeal for funds to fight back. You provided around £11,000 in a single week and this has enabled me to get started on an appeal, and on submitting another defence.

Even though I am taking the strike-out to the Court of Appeal, the trial is still going on, and I don’t currently have any defence against Riley’s false allegations.

(They are still false, you see. They will always be false. She deliberately targeted a teenage girl with anxiety problems for psychological manipulation, coercion and bullying and made her a target for dogpiling and for threats to her safety, traumatising the young person concerned. That is the fact of the matter, whether a High Court judge accepts it or not.)

If the Court of Appeal accepts my application, then it may be possible to delay the trial – it should be, in the interests of justice. But it seems nothing is certain. And I must present something to defend against Riley’s allegations in the meantime.

Fortunately, there is a large amount of material available for me to use. She is extremely loose-lipped, especially (albeit metaphorically) on Twitter, and seems to delight in making daft statements.

For example, she recently made a comment about “the need for anti-black racism”. It may well have been a Freudian slip – she seemed to be discussing the need to oppose such racism – but the fact that it happened shows that she is a person whose pronouncements must be questioned, whose words cannot be trusted.

And this means that she cannot claim to have suffered significant harm to her reputation; any harm she has suffered, she has done to herself.

Nor can she claim that anything I have said can possibly have harmed her – for reasons I’ll keep to myself for the moment. Her legal team watch this site like hawks; while I may not have much cash, I think I can afford to let them stew for a while.

The fact remains that, even with the £11K that you raised for me in a single week – and I’m still reeling with amazement at the size of that response – the appeal alone is expected to cost around £30,000. If I win, I believe I will get it back, along with the cost of defending the strike-out application, and this may make the trial much easier – but we are a long way from that point now.

And time is running out. I have nine days in which to lodge my appeal and file a new defence.

So, once more, I have to say, please:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via the CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

From the way she behaves, one would think Rachel Riley has already won this case.

Let’s remind her that she is gravely mistaken.

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Cut court jury size to clear Covid backlog, says Labour in descent to dribbling insanity

Blinding justice: cut jury sizes to seven and save time, says Labour’s David Lammy. Maybe it would, but it would almost certainly prejudice the result of difficult cases.

There is a reason we have 12 people in court juries and the idea of changing that number just to get through court cases faster is an offence to justice.

Labour’s shadow justice secretary, David Lammy, wants to resurrect so-called “wartime juries” of seven rather than 12 members, to speed up the process.

And the only casualty will be justice.

Why not just announce that anybody accused of a crime will be automatically declared guilty? That would save time. And that’s the intention here, right?

“Victims of rape, murder, domestic abuse, robbery and assault are facing delays of up to four years because of the government’s failure to act,” Mr Lammy said.

Right. And so are people who have been wrongly accused of those crimes.

Waiting for justice can be extremely stressful. Trust me – I know!

But it is better to let the wheels of justice grind slow and smooth than to risk even the possibility of injustice.

This plan would open the door to injustice, just to save a bit of time.

So I can’t believe I’m writing this, but I actually agree with the Tories that there should be no tinkering with the system at this time.

The justice system already gets enough flak for failing the public. There’s no justification for laying it open to even more.

Source: Coronavirus: Cut jury size to clear courts backlog – Labour – BBC News

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