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I was transphobically abused, and the other bus passengers did nothing | Amrou Al-Kadhi 18 Jul 4:59am I was transphobically abused, and the other bus passengers did nothing | Amrou Al-Kadhi
The hate of the man on the bus was horrible. But the silence of those who stood by and did nothing was truly upsetting Last Friday evening, as I was sitting on a bus wearing female clothes, I was a victim of a hate crime. I am a non-binary drag queen – male at birth – and have learned never to take public transport when I’m in drag; since my drag sister was physically assaulted on the streets two years ago, it just hasn’t felt safe. But last Friday many tens of thousands of people took to the streets of London to
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At last, a law that could have stopped Blair and Bush invading Iraq | Geoffrey Robertson 16 Jul 1:00am At last, a law that could have stopped Blair and Bush invading Iraq | Geoffrey Robertson
The Hague’s new crime of aggression might give belligerent heads of states a reason to pause Tuesday is a red-letter day for international law: from then on, political and military leaders who order the invasion of foreign countries will be guilty of the crime of aggression, and may be punishable at the international criminal court in The Hague. Had this been an offence back in 2003,
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Will criminalising misogyny be the end of the world as we know it? I hope so | Suzanne Moore 10 Jul 1:00am Will criminalising misogyny be the end of the world as we know it? I hope so | Suzanne Moore
Making misogynistic behaviour a criminal offence is unworkable, but highlighting it – as a trial in the Midlands has done – will cause attitudes to shift We are going to have to start building more prisons. Huge ones for all the men who are going to be banged up for wolf-whistling. (God knows who is going to build them.) The knee-patters will have to be put away. The blokes who say: “Nice legs, want something between them?” when a woman walks past in the street. Sorry, men, that’s just the way it is. All these things you call flirting, “banter” or just showing appreciation will now come with a custodial sentence. This is what will happen if we make misogyny a hate crime. Or you would think so, by some of the outrageous reactions to the idea. In Nottinghamshire, police have been
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The radical lessons of a year reporting on knife crime – podcast 6 Jul 7:00am The radical lessons of a year reporting on knife crime – podcast
At the end of our award-winning series Beyond the Blade, it’s clear that fixing the problem will require political will and a dramatic new approach. But our politicians are still reacting to tabloid headlines instead of facts
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Beyond the Blade: thank you for reading and supporting our series on knife crime 4 Jul 8:24am Beyond the Blade: thank you for reading and supporting our series on knife crime
At the end of our award-winning series on the rise in knife crime among Britain’s young people, we want to thank you for reading and supporting our coverage of this important topic We have now published the
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The true Haiti is safe and rich in culture | Letters 2 Jul 12:54pm The true Haiti is safe and rich in culture | Letters
Our crime rate last year was significantly lower than those of the most popular tourist destinations in the region, writes
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Prisons policy is not helping to cut crime | Letters 1 Jul 1:01pm Prisons policy is not helping to cut crime | Letters
Readers comment on Britain’s rising prison population and whether there are better alternatives to incarcerationWhen I saw that Rory Stewart – a compassionate and clear-thinking man, based on his wonderful travel writing – had been appointed as prisons minister, I allowed myself to hope, fleetingly, that he would apply that compassion and clear thinking to his new role. How sad, then, to read in your columns that, against his own better judgment, he is calling for money to increase the prison population “because I’m not sure there’s the will among the public and the will among parliament to take measures to reduce that population” (
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The radical lessons of a year reporting on knife crime 21 Jun 1:00am The radical lessons of a year reporting on knife crime
At the end of our award-winning series, it’s clear that fixing the problem will require political will and a dramatic new approach. But our politicians are still reacting to tabloid headlines instead of facts. By Gary Younge They call it the “reachable” and the “teachable” moment: that brief window when a young person who has just been stabbed will be most receptive to a message about how to make changes in their life. Just as the most propitious time to talk to people about diet and exercise is when they’ve just had a heart attack, the best chance for this lesson is right after they turn up in hospital with a stab wound. “When you say, ‘There’s a one in 100 chance of that happening to you,’ nobody thinks they are going to be the one,” says Dr Emer Sutherland, clinical director for emergency medicine at King’s College Hospital in south London. “But when you are the statistic, everything suddenly becomes relevant to you.”
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The Guardian view on moped crime: more complex than headlines say | Editorial 6 Jun 1:41pm The Guardian view on moped crime: more complex than headlines say | Editorial
Police work is not like the movies, where criminals are caught in the act and brought to justice after a thrilling chase. It requires patient investigatory work – and the money to pay for itBritain is in the grip of a new kind of crime wave. Or so it would seem if one were to believe the
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Will was attacked for being gay. How can we end homophobic hate crime? | Robbie de Santos 17 May 5:00am Will was attacked for being gay. How can we end homophobic hate crime? | Robbie de Santos
Anti-LGBT crimes must be made equal under law to those motivated by race or faith, but education must change hearts and minds What happened to
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The Guardian view on youth crime: a lasting tragedy | Editorial 7 May 1:23pm The Guardian view on youth crime: a lasting tragedy | Editorial
The shootings and other attacks in London over the weekend reveal a problem that should preoccupy the Home OfficeFor most of this country the hot weather
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Labour should reinstate members who tried to unseat Jeremy Hunt | Letter 7 May 12:09pm Labour should reinstate members who tried to unseat Jeremy Hunt | Letter
Our party should not have expelled those whose only crime was to do what they thought would best help to get Jeremy Corbyn into 10 Downing Street, say Labour members including
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TV is where women’s attackers get caught | Letters 3 May 11:25am TV is where women’s attackers get caught | Letters
Responses to Zoe Williams’s article about the claim that women enjoy dramas depicting sexual violenceSince most violence towards women goes unpunished, is there not an understandable pleasure in seeing the guilty come to a bad end – as happens in most crime fiction (
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Are women responsible for all the extreme sexual violence on screen? 1 May 1:01pm Are women responsible for all the extreme sexual violence on screen?
Germaine Greer has stirred up a hornet’s nest with her latest claims, suggesting women are more enthusiastic than men when it comes to depictions of sex and violence. We asked leading crime writers for their views You can say what you like about Germaine Greer, but
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Letters: beat fraud: follow the money 29 Apr 12:59am Letters: beat fraud: follow the money
The only way to stamp out financial crime is to take a lead from anti-mafia judge Giovanni FalconeI read the Sunday Essay by Oliver Bullough with interest and dismay (“
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Islamophobia not an issue in the British press? You’ve got to be kidding | Miqdaad Versi 27 Apr 6:30am Islamophobia not an issue in the British press? You’ve got to be kidding | Miqdaad Versi
I’ve personally complained and won corrections from national papers on more than 40 stories related to Islam and MuslimsThis week the home affairs select committee’s inquiry into hate crime
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To the kid who stabbed me: have you forgotten? I can’t | Jo Phillips 24 Apr 4:00am To the kid who stabbed me: have you forgotten? I can’t | Jo Phillips
Ten years after an attack that almost killed me, the vulnerability I still feel echoes a wider fearfulness about crime and violenceYou couldn’t have been much older than my 14-year-old grandson is now, when you
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Hindu Extremists Shrug Off a Depraved Crime 19 Apr 11:09pm Hindu Extremists Shrug Off a Depraved Crime
The rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim girl is bringing out the worst in some Indians.
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The Guardian view on Stephen Lawrence: we owe his parents better | Editorial 19 Apr 1:40pm The Guardian view on Stephen Lawrence: we owe his parents better | Editorial
His family forced British society to change its attitudes to race. But 25 years after his murder, progress is still too slow – and in some areas we are regressingIt is 25 years since a tragedy and crime evolved into a national scandal. Two of the five original suspects in the racist murder of
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Reduce crime by giving hope to young people | Letters 10 Apr 12:10pm Reduce crime by giving hope to young people | Letters
With violent attacks making headlines in Britain, readers offer their solutionsThe government’s avowed intention to increase investment in early intervention is of course an acknowledgment that austerity is a (possibly the) major factor behind the rise in crime, especially among children (
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Police cuts lead to violent crime. So why won’t Amber Rudd admit it? | Zoe Williams 9 Apr 1:20pm Police cuts lead to violent crime. So why won’t Amber Rudd admit it? | Zoe Williams
Responsive policing cannot be done on the cheap. Unless you’re the home secretary, in which case the issue is ‘complex’We’re entering the pity stage of government: you hear a minister,
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The Guardian view on the Syrian chemical attack: Assad’s crime – the world’s responsibility | Editorial 8 Apr 1:07pm The Guardian view on the Syrian chemical attack: Assad’s crime – the world’s responsibility | Editorial
Dozens of civilians in the Douma district were killed by Syrian government chemical attacks on Saturday. There is more than enough blame to go roundSyria’s renewed use of chemical weapons against its own people at the weekend is shameless and barbaric. Dozens of people in the remaining rebel-held suburbs of Damascus were suffocated by
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Knife crime demands joined-up thinking from the authorities | Letters 8 Apr 12:49pm Knife crime demands joined-up thinking from the authorities | Letters
Spending more on youth services, crime prevention and community policing worked in Glasgow, readers point out. But other factors also need to be taken into accountIn the face of the tragic and shocking
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Knife crime: news headlines are predictable - but what of the causes? 8 Apr 9:00am Knife crime: news headlines are predictable - but what of the causes?
After knee-jerk reactions and soundbites we must join up the dots between cause and effect It can’t be said that covering terrorist attacks is easy, but, to a degree, it is at least straightforward. The gun is fired, the knife wielded, the bomb goes off and we dispatch our brightest and best. They go to the scene, find out what happened, talk to those in range, file their stories. In the days that pass, we mourn the dead, assess the claim of responsibility. Praise the first responders. The world moves on. But what happens when the horror comes in instalments. When there is no one scene of the crime? No claim of responsibility, no immediate and dastardly logic?
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Resist the calls for ‘solutions’ to London’s murder surge | Simon Jenkins 6 Apr 12:58am Resist the calls for ‘solutions’ to London’s murder surge | Simon Jenkins
Any upturn in the crime rate is a tragedy. But beware those who offer quick-fixes or New York-inspired crackdownsAn intruder is
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As an ex-police officer I know stop and search is no solution to knife crime | Leroy Logan 5 Apr 11:55am As an ex-police officer I know stop and search is no solution to knife crime | Leroy Logan
We shouldn’t be surprised that the murder figures are up. Services aimed at safeguarding young people have suffered under austerityA couple of years before I retired as an officer, the Metropolitan police carried out a survey on knife crime across the capital’s schools. One point came through loud and clear: that many young people
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The Tories are in denial about violent crime. They need to study what works 5 Apr 9:28am The Tories are in denial about violent crime. They need to study what works
Police cuts and stop and search haven’t stopped the rise in knife attacks. May’s government needs to radically change tackOvernight,
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Cut youth services and violent crime will rise – why is that so hard to see? | Polly Toynbee 5 Apr 7:49am Cut youth services and violent crime will rise – why is that so hard to see? | Polly Toynbee
The causes of a spike in crime are complex, but savaging Sure Starts, EMA and tax credits was always going to come at a costAnother young person killed in the escalating epidemic of violence. The cause? Take your pick. The right blames Theresa May for easing up on stop and search for weapons, though she knew there is no evidence that it catches or deters, while it
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The Guardian view on knife crime: policing alone won’t cut it | Editorial 4 Apr 1:38pm The Guardian view on knife crime: policing alone won’t cut it | Editorial
The surge in knife crime in London will need sustained action from all parts of the state and societyThe shocking death of
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Sorry, chaps, but denial won’t fix the gender pay gap | Tania Branigan 24 Mar 2:00am Sorry, chaps, but denial won’t fix the gender pay gap | Tania Branigan
There are many ways to tackle pay inequality – but trying to explain the problem away is not one of themKnife-crime injuries are on the rise because people are being stabbed more often. It’s not much of an explanation: any police chief would be ridiculed for it. It certainly doesn’t justify the rise, or point towards possible solutions. It basically restates the issue in a slightly different way. Yet when it comes to
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The Guardian view on rising crime: more police alone can’t solve it | Editorial 22 Mar 2:28pm The Guardian view on rising crime: more police alone can’t solve it | Editorial
The effects of austerity are increasingly evident. But protecting the public will take more than hiring extra officers
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My wife has been sentenced to jail in Bahrain. She lives in the UK | Sayed Alwadaei 22 Mar 5:00am My wife has been sentenced to jail in Bahrain. She lives in the UK | Sayed Alwadaei
I fled Bahrain during the Arab spring, but my wife, and her family in Bahrain, are being punished for my human rights protests in London – why won’t the UK act? Yesterday was Mother’s Day in Bahrain. And it was yesterday that my wife, Duaa Alwadaei, the beloved mother of my two children, was handed a prison sentence. Not because she committed any crime, but because I
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Knife crime has left London’s young people reeling. We need action now | Seraphima Kennedy 27 Feb 6:44am Knife crime has left London’s young people reeling. We need action now | Seraphima Kennedy
Parts of London are in a state of emergency after a spate of stabbings. Cuts to services have fractured community cohesionAt 11pm last Tuesday, I said goodnight to a friend outside a pub in Kentish Town in north-west London. By the time we both got home – about a mile in distance – each of us had passed a murder scene:
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The Guardian view on Worboys and the police: moral and legal dereliction | Editorial 21 Feb 1:28pm The Guardian view on Worboys and the police: moral and legal dereliction | Editorial
The courts have found that the Met failed in its civic duty to serve victims of a heinous crime. As a society we will have to confront the role of the victim in the post-sentencing process tooThere is no doubt that the Metropolitan police committed terrible errors in their handling the case of John Worboys, the “black cab” rapist who was convicted in 2009. But the Met nonetheless appealed against a high court ruling that its failings amounted to infringement of the victims’ human rights. That appeal was
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What the media and politicians get wrong about domestic abuse 10 Feb 10:45am What the media and politicians get wrong about domestic abuse
As White House staffers face allegations, we must not forget that domestic violence is more than a relationship problem – it’s a crime
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The Memo and the Mueller Probe 4 Feb 4:00pm The Memo and the Mueller Probe
If the investigation arose from partisan opposition research, what specific crime is he looking into?
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Arresting kids won’t stop knife crime. Police should target the men in suits | David Lammy 1 Feb 10:00am Arresting kids won’t stop knife crime. Police should target the men in suits | David Lammy
McMafia Britain’s shocking surge of stabbings isn’t about youngsters in tracksuits. The focus must be on criminal empiresLast Sunday another teenager, aged just 17, was stabbed in my constituency, Tottenham, and sustained life-changing injuries. The previous Friday, a young man, 23, was stabbed multiple times in the torso. Across Britain there has been a
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More bobbies on the beat? Labour can do much better than that on crime | Ash Sarkar 26 Jan 4:00am More bobbies on the beat? Labour can do much better than that on crime | Ash Sarkar
With the 20,000 fall in police officers, it’s tempting to pledge more. But bold social measures would do more to prevent crimePolice forces in England and Wales reported “steep rises” in violent crime, with a 21% increase in knife crime in the 12 months to September 2017
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The Guardian view on the cost of squalor: Britain in 2018 | Editorial 25 Jan 1:17pm The Guardian view on the cost of squalor: Britain in 2018 | Editorial
From rising crime to rough sleeping, the real value of public services is being underlined every dayJanuary is a bleak month. Quite how bleak it is, in Britain at the start of 2018, is evident in figures released by the Office for National Statistics. This week we have learned that the rate of
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Lessons for five-year-olds aren’t enough to curb knife crime | Letters 18 Jan 2:02pm Lessons for five-year-olds aren’t enough to curb knife crime | Letters
Teaching five-year-olds the dangers of knife crime won’t solve the problem, writes
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Revenge has no place in the law – even for John Worboys | Simon Jenkins 5 Jan 8:44am Revenge has no place in the law – even for John Worboys | Simon Jenkins
Victims of dreadful crimes receive more compensation and sympathy than ever, and rightly so. But justice is not theirs to deliverRetribution is poor justice. It is the short cut to lynch law and mob rule. Lock-‘em-up-and-throw-away-the key has long been the default mode of British attitudes to crime, spectacularly on display today in the worrying case of the
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McMafia makes chilling TV. But the reality is even worse | Luke Harding 3 Jan 1:00am McMafia makes chilling TV. But the reality is even worse | Luke Harding
The BBC’s caviar knives and hired killers reflect a less glamorous truth: Russian organised crime is all too at home in the UKThere are many gripping moments in
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As South Sudanese community leaders we must give our youth a sense of belonging | Andrew Gai 2 Jan 9:51pm As South Sudanese community leaders we must give our youth a sense of belonging | Andrew Gai
Some of our disengaged young people who have gone off the rails rebel against a society they believe is rejecting them. Let’s address this sense of hopelessness It seems that the easiest solution to address the issue of violent youth crime in Australia is to either imprison or deport those young people who continually break the law. Eliminating the “bad apples” from the Australian society is seen by many as the quick-fix solution to youth crime which is creating widespread fear and cementing stereotypes. However I question whether this approach will stand the moral test of time.
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Four fatal stabbings in one night – and Sadiq Khan’s slick words ring hollow | Temi Mwale 2 Jan 9:25am Four fatal stabbings in one night – and Sadiq Khan’s slick words ring hollow | Temi Mwale
The London mayor’s knife crime campaign will have no impact on teenagers who fear losing their life every time they leave the house. We need community actionAs four families woke up on Monday morning, hoping that the violent and sudden death of their children was just a nightmare, it was a far from happy new year. The
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Shortfalls in strategy to fight economic crime | Letters 11 Dec 2017, 2:18pm Shortfalls in strategy to fight economic crime | Letters
Amber Rudd’s announcement of a new national economic crime centre for the UK fails to address glaring holes, say the representatives of four organisationsThe new national economic crime centre is to be welcomed but the home secretary’s announcement (
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Crime, terrorism and teen pregnancies: is it really all doom and gloom?| Bobby Duffy 8 Dec 2017, 7:30am Crime, terrorism and teen pregnancies: is it really all doom and gloom?| Bobby Duffy
An Ipsos Mori survey has found that it’s in our nature to dwell on the negative aspects of life, thinking things are worse than they are – but we must confront it
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How Scotland reduced knife deaths among young people 3 Dec 2017, 8:48am How Scotland reduced knife deaths among young people
Treating knife crime as a health issue has led to a dramatic drop in stabbings: of the 35 deaths of young people in Britain this year, none were in Scotland In 2005, Strathclyde police set up a violence reduction unit (VRU) in an effort to address a problem that had made Glasgow, in particular, notorious. Later that year,
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There’s a line between exposing a crime and shabby behaviour 2 Dec 2017, 5:02pm There’s a line between exposing a crime and shabby behaviour
Loss of faith in the media means information that should be in the public domain often goes unreportedAlmost every detective, like almost every journalist, likes inside gossip. It is part of the attraction of both jobs: that ringside seat that allows police officers or reporters to inform friends and colleagues what the “real” story is, who’s lying, from what cloth the emperor’s new clothes are actually cut. No wonder the former detective, Neil Lewis, in the current heated atmosphere of sexually tinged accusation and hot denial, felt the need to share his own inside knowledge of Damian Green’s computer activity. The reasons that prompted the original investigation into Green’s computer life do not reflect particularly well on either Green or the civil servant who leaked him Home Office information and was duly sacked for gross misconduct, as
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Knife crime is an epidemic. We need to find a cure | Sarah Jones 30 Nov 2017, 5:29am Knife crime is an epidemic. We need to find a cure | Sarah Jones
It’s time for a cross-government programme of action to address the causes of the horrific rise in violence revealed by the Guardian this week
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The Home Office’s knife crime data is out in the open at last | Editorial 29 Nov 2017, 2:13pm The Home Office’s knife crime data is out in the open at last | Editorial
It has taken nearly a year to get the Home Office to give the Guardian the data on knife crime. Now for the policies to tackle itKnife crime has killed 35 children and young people so far this year. This year, 2017, is set to be the worst for fatal stabbings of young people since 2008, when 42 died. Both figures are well above the trend of the past 40 years, which puts stabbing deaths at about one young person a fortnight. This data,
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Beyond the Blade: we finally know how many youths are killed by knives 28 Nov 2017, 1:36pm Beyond the Blade: we finally know how many youths are killed by knives
Until now, we had no idea who the victims of knife crime in the UK actually were. Sadly, the facts make for very grim reading The good news is we now have the facts. It is stunning that despite all the
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Did Vote Leave commit a crime over its funding? Democracy demands to know | Jolyon Maugham 22 Nov 2017, 4:00am Did Vote Leave commit a crime over its funding? Democracy demands to know | Jolyon Maugham
The Electoral Commission must urgently and robustly investigate the question of whether or not the ‘will of the people’ was boughtLate last year, the Electoral Commission started an investigation into a striking set of circumstances. In February 2016 Steve Baker MP, lobbying for Vote Leave to be designated the “official” leave campaign, sent a round robin email asking recipients to support it, because it claimed to have found a loophole in the spending rules. “It is open to the Vote Leave family to create separate legal entities each of which could spend £700k: Vote Leave will be able to spend as much money as is necessary to win the referendum,” he wrote. But Baker – now a minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) – got it wrong. The law that protects our democracy from capture appears to make this behaviour illegal: when a sockpuppet signs your cheques, the spending still counts as yours.
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The Guardian view on 50 years of legal abortion: let’s finish the work | Editorial 26 Oct 2017, 1:53pm The Guardian view on 50 years of legal abortion: let’s finish the work | Editorial
David Steel’s act was a job half done. Abortion is not a crime, it’s a matter of healthIt is 50 years on Friday since David Steel’s abortion act became law. It did not come into force until the following April. In those six months, it is likely that around 70 women died from sepsis or some other cause resulting from illegal abortion: in the previous decade, it claimed at least 150 lives a year, the biggest single cause of maternal mortality. Activists in a campaign that began in the 1930s toasted victory with champagne. But one veteran, who had had an illegal abortion herself, dampened the celebrations. They should be drinking half-glasses, she said, for the job was only half done. Nonetheless, in the past 50 years millions of women have benefited from access to safe abortion. It has transformed the future for many girls and women – young women in particular, for the peak age for abortion is 19; it is also disproportionately in demand in poorer parts of England and Wales. There are now around 200,000 abortions recorded each year, but almost all of them – 92% – take place in the first trimester of pregnancy. No one likes carrying out an abortion, says the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, but the alternative – illegal, unsafe abortion – is worse.
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If the police give up on low-level crime, we all pay a high price | Deborah Orr 20 Oct 2017, 2:10pm If the police give up on low-level crime, we all pay a high price | Deborah Orr
When the blue light becomes a white flag, what message does it send to victims and criminals?Crime reduction remains one of Britain’s recent success stories. Back in 1995, according to the
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Is violent crime on the rise – or do the latest figures mask a different story? | Simon Jenkins 20 Oct 2017, 6:10am Is violent crime on the rise – or do the latest figures mask a different story? | Simon Jenkins
The unbelievable ONS statistics scream of an alarming crime surge, but they only reflect reporting activity. These misleading figures should be bannedThe Home Office should ban the Office for National Statistics from issuing “police-recorded crime figures”, the latest batch of which
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UK needs coordinated strategy to tackle knife crime, says MP 18 Oct 2017, 1:00am UK needs coordinated strategy to tackle knife crime, says MP
Croydon MP Sarah Jones calls for 10-year multiagency approach to knife crime among young people, similar to one that led to fall in teenage pregnancy rates Britain needs a 10-year, coordinated strategy to tackle knife crime among young people, similar to the successful long-term effort to reduce teenage pregnancy, the chair of an all-party group on knife crime has said. Instead of considering knife crime as mainly a police issue, the government should be bringing together those working in health, education and social media, Sarah Jones, the MP for Croydon Central told the Guardian.
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Hate crime has become the new normal. This is how we tackle it | Shaista Aziz 17 Oct 2017, 12:50pm Hate crime has become the new normal. This is how we tackle it | Shaista Aziz
Police and politicians need to reach out to vulnerable groups – and encourage victims of racism, Islamophobia and misogyny to report crimesReported hate crime
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Calling Philip Hammond a ‘saboteur’ or ‘traitor’ reflects terribly on the Tory right | Kate Maltby 13 Oct 2017, 11:04am Calling Philip Hammond a ‘saboteur’ or ‘traitor’ reflects terribly on the Tory right | Kate Maltby
The chancellor is being abused for exercising restraint on the public purse. But isn’t that what Conservatives are meant to do?The Tories are coming for the grey-haired men in suits. It’s not something we are used to seeing from the Conservative and Unionist parties of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but we live in extraordinary times. This week, it is the turn of Philip Hammond to face the tumbrils. For the anti-Conservative crime of counting his pennies, the chancellor was described as “
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It’s not a brick through the window, but covert racial prejudice blights lives | Hugh Muir 29 Sep 2017, 11:50am It’s not a brick through the window, but covert racial prejudice blights lives | Hugh Muir
New research shows that a quarter of Britons admit to racial prejudice. Though it’s a lot harder to spot than violent hate crime, it still needs urgent attentionWith so much bad news, good to focus on the positive. Over the past 30 years, this sceptred isle has become more tolerant on the issues of sex, sexuality and abortion. According to the National Centre for Social Research, we are less racially prejudiced than we were four years ago. Save for a blip in 2011, the number of Britons who would readily describe themselves as racially prejudiced has been declining for decades. Enjoy the glow for a moment: after that, things become more disheartening, certainly more complicated.
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France May Finally Be Getting Serious About Anti-Semitic Violence 29 Sep 2017, 11:16am Updated France May Finally Be Getting Serious About Anti-Semitic Violence
A hate-crime law has been in effect since 2003, but until recently prosecutors hesitated to employ it.
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We Travellers must take a stand against racism, for the sake of our children | Patrick O’Leary 13 Sep 2017, 9:52am We Travellers must take a stand against racism, for the sake of our children | Patrick O’Leary
Hate crime, hate speech and discrimination by schools and doctors is still rife, new research out this week has warnedIt is almost 17 years to the day since I won a historic case that established in law that
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The Guardian view on the Rohingya in Myanmar: the Lady’s failings, the military’s crimes | Editorial 7 Sep 2017, 2:23pm The Guardian view on the Rohingya in Myanmar: the Lady’s failings, the military’s crimes | Editorial
The killing and abuse of civilians is a crime against humanity. Aung San Suu Kyi must speak out – but this violence is the army’sAung San Suu Kyi’s long silence over the desperate plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar has been shameful. With tens of thousands now fleeing atrocities in Rakhine state, the Nobel peace prize winner’s aura of moral sanctity lies in tatters. The Muslim minority are denied citizenship by a government which claims, against the evidence, that they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. After decades of discrimination, matters got much worse. Since 2012 the Rohingya have endured not just immiseration and the denial of basic rights and services – many live in internment camps – but three major waves of violence by government forces and Buddhist Burman nationalists. Myanmar’s de facto leader
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The Guardian view on the slaughter in Myanmar: a crime against humanity | Editorial 4 Sep 2017, 2:30pm The Guardian view on the slaughter in Myanmar: a crime against humanity | Editorial
The brutal, bloody, and ultimately pointless mistreatment of a Muslim minority shames Aung San Suu KyiThe Rohingya are a Muslim people living in the north-west of predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, which borders mainly Muslim Bangladesh. In Myanmar they are seen as Muslims, and in Bangladesh as foreigners. Neither country claims or even wants them. Neither will allow them citizenship, though these families have lived in Burma for centuries at least. Now the military in Myanmar will not even tolerate their existence, and in recent weeks the almost genocidal pressure on their villages has greatly increased, sending tens of thousands trying to flee across a guarded border into an uncertain future. The army appears to be trying
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‘Tough on crime’ created the prisons crisis. It’s time for justice to be rational | Polly Toynbee 31 Aug 2017, 7:47am ‘Tough on crime’ created the prisons crisis. It’s time for justice to be rational | Polly Toynbee
Despite falling crime, prisoner numbers are surging in England and Wales. Our overcrowded, understaffed and underfunded jails desperately need changeA good test of a country’s state of development is a visit to its prisons. Upcoming states may flaunt glitzy Gucci- and Versace-heavy shopping malls, but if their prisons are black holes of squalor and injustice, civilisation is a thin veneer. Increasingly, Britain fails that test, a country whose social fabric is in decline, and nowhere more than in its shameful jails.
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Jemma Beale lied about being raped – but was sentenced by a flawed system | Zoe Williams 25 Aug 2017, 12:11pm Jemma Beale lied about being raped – but was sentenced by a flawed system | Zoe Williams
False rape allegations are a serious crime. But the way offenders are dealt with reflects a legal process in which men are the norm and women the deviantsThere are no winners in
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The Guardian view on censoring the internet: necessary, but not easy | Editorial 21 Aug 2017, 1:34pm The Guardian view on censoring the internet: necessary, but not easy | Editorial
Who should protect us online? And who will guard us from these guards?Among the more absurd things ever said about the internet was that the network “interprets censorship as damage, and routes around it”. The epigram was half true, but the half that was false gets more important every year. The internet can be a vile place, and the instinct to enforce some standards there is not misplaced. The director of public prosecutions, Alison Saunders, is quite right to say that crime online is as serious as crime offline. Even the Guardian, wedded to the idea of free speech, does not imagine that this is an unrestrained freedom – only that the limits that the law should set are minimal and largely concerned with public order. But some limits must exist, and they must be enforced.
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The Guardian view on Confederate statues: they must fall | Editorial 18 Aug 2017, 1:57pm The Guardian view on Confederate statues: they must fall | Editorial
Toppling symbols of hate is not an assault on the past but a defence of the futureOne Friday afternoon in September 1994, a statue was pulled down from in front of provincial government offices in what was then the Orange Free State in South Africa. It depicted Hendrik Verwoerd, the country’s prime minister from 1958 to 1961, administrative architect of “apartheid” and a vicious racist. No one who grasps the barbarism that his doctrines imposed laments the removal of monuments in his honour. Is the morality of statues honouring heroes of the Confederacy in the US civil war any more complicated? The south fought to preserve a social order founded on white racial supremacy, and economically dependent on industrial-scale slavery – a vast crime. Monuments now targeted for removal were erected
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The only thing stop and search cuts is trust in the police | Lee Jasper 16 Aug 2017, 4:00am The only thing stop and search cuts is trust in the police | Lee Jasper
Theresa May knows it. My research proves it. This tactic is ineffective in cutting crime, and shreds black and minority confidence in the law. Why is it on the rise?
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Newcastle grooming trial: We must not make this all about ‘us v them’ 12 Aug 2017, 7:03pm Newcastle grooming trial: We must not make this all about ‘us v them’
Race and religion came up again when members of a child abuse network were convicted last week, but all factors in this crime are importantI’ve cried again this past week, reading about the Newcastle
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True crime makes great TV. But must it linger on women’s corpses? | Rebecca Nicholson 7 Aug 2017, 1:00am True crime makes great TV. But must it linger on women’s corpses? | Rebecca Nicholson
The way hit drama series depict women’s bodies reveal disturbing tendencies in how we choose to be entertainedI am almost certainly going to watch
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How can the police stop criminals on mopeds if they can’t pursue them? | Louise Haigh 4 Aug 2017, 2:00am How can the police stop criminals on mopeds if they can’t pursue them? | Louise Haigh
This isn’t just a London problem. Moped-enabled crime has risen across Britain, and police need the skills – and most importantly – numbers to tackle it
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TV journalists set out to make me look stupid – and missed the real news | Diane Abbott 21 Jul 2017, 10:27am TV journalists set out to make me look stupid – and missed the real news | Diane Abbott
This week I was caught up in a ‘gotcha’ storm. The headlines should have been about the alarming rise in crime, not about an interview stumble
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The Guardian view on the future of crime: it will be online | Editorial 19 Jul 2017, 12:19pm The Guardian view on the future of crime: it will be online | Editorial
The dangers of machine intelligence will grow as it spreads. We need to prepare nowWhen software gets smarter, the first effect is to empower the already powerful. The fantastic powers available now to Google and Facebook, which are now in practice the publishers of most of what appears on the public internet, is one example. More sinister is the power of nation states to spy on us, to manipulate their own citizens, and to disrupt the workings of their enemies. But these advantages cannot last. Soon they have to be reinforced by law, and ultimately force, as the techniques behind them spread and hardware grows cheaper and more plentiful. The speed of technological progress, and the ease with which ideas can now spread, mean that few techniques can long remain the preserve of large firms or entities. Every advance in power and convenience available to the ordinary consumer will soon be available to criminals too. Illegal commerce, whether in drugs, forged documents, stolen credit cards or emails, is nearly as slick and well organised as the legal sort. So are the criminal world’s labour exchanges: hiring someone to hack a website, or to boost your Twitter account with fake followers, is easily done. So is renting a botnet of suborned devices to knock an enemy’s website off the net. Last year large chunks of the consumer internet in the US were knocked out for hours, apparently by an assault
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Acid attacks are a crime without pity, and a mirror on our unforgiving times | Deborah Orr 14 Jul 2017, 2:53pm Acid attacks are a crime without pity, and a mirror on our unforgiving times | Deborah Orr
Though it is hard to explain the growth of these offences, they do seem to reflect the rising anger around us
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The Guardian view on hate crime: are we listening? | Editorial 5 Jul 2017, 2:59pm The Guardian view on hate crime: are we listening? | Editorial
Institutions are the bedrock of our society and they echo our biases. In a time of political, economic and social division we must ensure that they can check them tooAs horrifying as the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi after seven years of torment by neighbours
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This constant fear of hate crime is no way to live | Remona Aly 21 Jun 2017, 2:09pm This constant fear of hate crime is no way to live | Remona Aly
Anti-Muslim offences have surged. Government, media and everyday people must do their bit to break the cycle of violence and mistrust Following the atrocities at
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What Trump Has to Fear From Mueller 14 Jun 2017, 7:31pm What Trump Has to Fear From Mueller
Special counsels can run amok. One went after me once for the crime of forgetfulness.
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Religious conservatism doesn’t make a terrorist. But crime and exclusion can | Z Fareen Parvez 6 Jun 2017, 8:37am Religious conservatism doesn’t make a terrorist. But crime and exclusion can | Z Fareen Parvez
I’ve spent years conducting research in devout Salafi communities. Theresa May’s focus on ideology as a means of tackling terror could backfire In her comments in the aftermath of last weekend’s attacks in London,
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A gripping TV series gives crime victims the last word – and captures a new mood 3 Jun 2017, 3:59am A gripping TV series gives crime victims the last word – and captures a new mood
Unlike Serial or Jinx, The Keepers lets victims tell their own stories. After Manchester, it resonates even more I have been off work for the past two weeks. No, I didn’t go anywhere or do anything exotic, thanks for asking, unless “my front room” and “changed 15 nappies a day” count as the last word in aspirational holidays these days. For all I know, maybe they do: I’m too busy buying industrial-sized tubs of Sudocrem online to keep up with hipster trends. Otherwise, my time off was dominated by two – for want of a better word – storylines. The first was the new documentary
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Cops and Urban Youth Find Common Ground 2 Jun 2017, 6:35pm Cops and Urban Youth Find Common Ground
The Youth and Police Initiative has helped reduce big-city crime. Its founder sees potential against terrorism.
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Maigret, Morse, Poirot: none of them will help you crack a case in real life | Andrew Martin 2 Jun 2017, 12:44pm Maigret, Morse, Poirot: none of them will help you crack a case in real life | Andrew Martin
The Met is inviting graduates to train as detectives without plodding the beat. Let’s just hope these high-flyers don’t take their cues from crime fictionThe Metropolitan police are
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Without EU regulations on chemicals, Brexit Britain will be a toxic wasteland | Bruce Lourie 1 Jun 2017, 3:35pm Without EU regulations on chemicals, Brexit Britain will be a toxic wasteland | Bruce Lourie
The UK could become a dump for cancer-causing chemicals when it leaves the EU’s rules behindHow safe will it be to bring up your kids in Britain after Brexit? I’m not talking about crime, or abuse, or drugs, but something less visible. EU citizens are arguably the safest people on the planet when it comes to exposure to suspected cancer-causing or otherwise harmful toxins. This is because of
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25 May 2017, 6:59pm The Bombing, the Crime Scene Photos and the Outcry
The smoke had barely cleared from the Manchester attack before The New York Times ran forensic-evidence images. British officials were angry. So were readers....
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Stealthing isn’t a ‘sex trend’. It’s sexual assault, and we should call it out as such | Sophie Maullin 22 May 2017, 6:30am Stealthing isn’t a ‘sex trend’. It’s sexual assault, and we should call it out as such | Sophie Maullin
Deliberately removing a condom during sex without a partner’s consent is said to be increasingly common – yet unlike elsewhere, it’s not seen as a crime in the UK A few months ago I got chatting to a guy on Tinder. He was an architect who came across as intelligent and polite, and we set a date to meet. We were getting on really well when he asked me to go back to his house and I thought, why not? Later on, sex began consensually. I wanted him to wear a condom and he did. During sex he asked if he could take the condom off and I told him no. A few minutes later he asked again; again I said no. Noticing me checking that the condom was still on, he turned me to face away from him. Immediately after sex I realised that he had removed it and ejaculated inside me.
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The Guardian view on crime shows: drama fit for the Greeks | Editorial 5 May 2017, 1:56pm The Guardian view on crime shows: drama fit for the Greeks | Editorial
Even in an age of diverse, imaginative and varied TV series, one genre retains a remarkable grip on the public’s imaginationThis will be a dreary, joyless, colourless weekend. For on Sunday, there will be no close encounters between Thandie Newton’s DCI Roz Huntley and a chainsaw-wielding forensics coordinator; no mysterious men clad in balaclavas; no body parts buried in the woods. Martin Compston has slipped out of DS Steve Arnott’s drip-dry suit and estuarine accent; Adrian Dunbar has exited Supt Hastings’ rather depressing corner office. In short,
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The knife crime crisis is national. The solutions must be local | Gary Younge 1 May 2017, 1:30am The knife crime crisis is national. The solutions must be local | Gary Younge
The latest figures suggest that the scale and causes vary between London and the rest of the country. Understanding microclimates is crucial
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27 Apr 2017, 3:21am 21,587 Reasons to Fix Forensic Science
A yearslong scandal involving a tainted crime lab shows how far prosecutors will go to win....
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The cause of death that dare not speak its name: austerity | Gary Younge 15 Apr 2017, 1:00am The cause of death that dare not speak its name: austerity | Gary Younge
The reasons for knife crime are complex, but it’s wrong to ignore the impact of cuts to youth fundingOn Monday Cedric Anderson, the estranged husband of a special education teacher, Karen Smith, walked into her
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If Theresa May really wants to protect refugees why does she fuel such hatred? | Aditya Chakrabortty 11 Apr 2017, 2:00am If Theresa May really wants to protect refugees why does she fuel such hatred? | Aditya Chakrabortty
The politicians lining up to condemn the Croydon attack created the current climate of intoleranceTwo weeks ago a teenager was almost killed for the apparent crime of seeking safety in this country.
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How to End a Campus Injustice With the Stroke of a Pen 10 Apr 2017, 6:55pm How to End a Campus Injustice With the Stroke of a Pen
The Obama-era Title IX sex-crime regime should give way to real regulations that respect due process.
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Trump’s next target is humanitarian aid – a devastating blow for millions | Mark Seddon 10 Apr 2017, 5:45am Trump’s next target is humanitarian aid – a devastating blow for millions | Mark Seddon
The UN’s humanitarian and peacekeeping operations could be hit hard by the impending federal budget, with refugees and victims of war losing outThe story so far has a familiar ring: deadlock and paralysis at the UN security council in the face of an appalling crime against humanity, leading to unilateral military action by one permanent member and an accusation from another that the action is in clear breach of international law. Ditto the predictable media response, with the UN accused of being weak, indecisive and
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3 Apr 2017, 1:30am Superhero films need a liberal reboot. Batgirl to the rescue | Zoe Williams
Joss Whedon has been lined up to direct a Batgirl movie. He could reconnect the genre with the fight for justice against corporate evil Batgirl, the DC Comics hero, was conjured into life for reasons not of equality but of tangential homophobia. Batman and Robin had been fighting crime together for slightly too long, and suspicions were aroused about their sexuality. This was the early 1950s, after all, an era whose moral codes were almost unrecognisable from this distance – until 2017, of course, when grown men such as
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1 Apr 2017, 7:05pm What sort of judge weighs the victim and not the crime? | Catherine Bennett
Men who inflict terrible violence on their partners are walking free from courts that treat their crimes lightlyFollowing the proliferation of sharia councils, and with them, disturbing reports of systematic discrimination against women by all-male tribunals, the government finally set up an inquiry. A deeply compromised inquiry, admittedly; one with feeble terms of reference and presided over by interested theological parties, but still, a public acknowledgement that some sharia councils may be working, as
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Forging pound coins? That’s not a crime – it’s a job | Tim Dowling 28 Mar 2017, 1:50pm Forging pound coins? That’s not a crime – it’s a job | Tim Dowling
Britain’s new 12-sided coin is designed to put the forgers off but no one in their right mind would want to counterfeit them anywayWhen I was a child, I collected coins. I looked at coins, read about coins, grouped coins in albums and said
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Beyond the blade: the truth about knife crime in Britain 28 Mar 2017, 2:00am Beyond the blade: the truth about knife crime in Britain
Teenage knife crime is a tabloid obsession, blamed on feral youth running riot in our cities. But the reality is much more complex – and we cannot save lives if we do not understand it
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What future for the European Union now that Britain is leaving? | Letters 26 Mar 2017, 3:09pm What future for the European Union now that Britain is leaving? | Letters
“Brussels has no power over most salient issues”, “Most immigration comes from outside the EU, where policy is made by the UK alone”, “Pollution, terrorism and organised crime … do not stop at national borders” (
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Is it really healthy to use tradition as a comfort blanket? | Catherine Bennett 25 Mar 2017, 8:05pm Is it really healthy to use tradition as a comfort blanket? | Catherine Bennett
Laws written on vellum, men in tights and royal yachts should have no place in a grown-up, confident societyIt may yet to be reflected in the crime statistics, but, as of January, Britain’s laws have been, to quote Jacob Rees-Mogg, “in some sense lesser”. That, at least, was his mournful
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24 Mar 2017, 8:55pm Echoes of Gunfire Hurt Tender N.R.A. Ears
As police use the sound of gunfire to track crime, legislation would make silencers more easily available....
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The over-hyped coverage of the Westminster attack will only encourage others | Simon Jenkins 24 Mar 2017, 6:33am The over-hyped coverage of the Westminster attack will only encourage others | Simon Jenkins
Wednesday’s assault was a crime. The last thing we needed was our politicians and media hysterically exaggerating itOn Wednesday afternoon a car went on to the pavement on Westminster bridge and killed three passers-by. A man leapt out and stabbed a policeman. He was shot.
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Did I make the right decision? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Anouchka Grose 22 Mar 2017, 4:00am Did I make the right decision? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Anouchka Grose
Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queriesThis has to be at the more abstract end of “things to ask the internet”. If you wanted a standard, hippy-humanist answer such as: “It’s right if it feels right, and wrong if it feels wrong”, you’d probably just ask a reasonably kind and thoughtful person. The fact that this question is addressed to a giant information network that knows absolutely nothing about you or your circumstances surely means it’s serious. That it’s also asked post factum suggests a mischievous approach to time and reality. Perhaps you’re hoping to be reminded that string theory argues for the idea of a multiverse in which parallel realities can co-exist. While you may fear that you married the wrong person, bought the wrong car, or shouldn’t have committed a crime, don’t worry because some physicists may argue that there are infinite versions of you out there in polyamorous, ambisexual relationships, driving very cheap or expensive vehicles while sometimes obeying the law. Meanwhile you can screw up as much as you like in the happy knowledge that one of you is bound to be getting everything right.
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The ‘rape rule’ for tax credits tramples the rights of children it’s meant to protect | Susanna Rustin 17 Mar 2017, 10:03am The ‘rape rule’ for tax credits tramples the rights of children it’s meant to protect | Susanna Rustin
It beggars belief that a government that claims to take sex crime seriously would rush through legislation with so much potential for harmful consequencesWe don’t like to think too much (or at all) about our parents having sex, because it makes us feel weird. Freud called parental intercourse the
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Crime and Immigration 12 Mar 2017, 6:26pm Crime and Immigration
The U.S. needs to deport criminals, not create a new bureaucracy.
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11 Mar 2017, 2:30pm Crime and the Adolescent Brain
Sixteen-year-olds who are tried as juveniles are less likely to be rearrested than those tried as adults.
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It’s not soft on crime to look at young offenders’ histories. It’s common sense | Owen Jones 7 Mar 2017, 6:46am It’s not soft on crime to look at young offenders’ histories. It’s common sense | Owen Jones
Surely our aim should be to reduce crime, not just to exact vengeance. These new sentencing guidelines should help achieve thatIs
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Trump Should Be Appalled by Police Asset Forfeiture 5 Mar 2017, 5:11pm Trump Should Be Appalled by Police Asset Forfeiture
Cops can seize cash, cars and real estate without its owner ever being charged or convicted of a crime.
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3 Mar 2017, 5:00am Updated Friday Mailbag: Why Treat a First Author Like a Second Fiddle?
Also: Was it a hate crime? Or was it “terrorism”? And when is it appropriate to note people’s family background in their obituary?
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2 Mar 2017, 3:30am Are Immigrants Causing a Swedish Crime Wave?
An immigration researcher explains what’s really going on.
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Yassmin Abdel-Magied said nothing wrong. She should not have to face this venom | Joumanah El Matrah 20 Feb 2017, 11:11pm Yassmin Abdel-Magied said nothing wrong. She should not have to face this venom | Joumanah El Matrah
To find the truth of Islam is to seek the specificities of time, place, culture and politics. There are no truths to be found in broad generalisations When it comes to Muslim women, everyone’s a feminist, even if that aspiration for Muslim women’s equality comes at the expense of, well … a Muslim woman. It is difficult to fully comprehend the terrible crime that Yassmin Abdel-Magied appears to have committed, and yet her
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Lord Neuberger is right. We have to take on the mob | Hugh Muir 16 Feb 2017, 1:02pm Lord Neuberger is right. We have to take on the mob | Hugh Muir
The right is acting like a crime syndicate intent on protecting territory and silencing witnessesAlthough Lord Neuberger has served with distinction as president of the supreme court, it may ultimately be the case that nothing in the role became him like his leaving of it. He steps down in September. On Thursday
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1 Feb 2017, 4:17pm ‘Everyone Is Welcome Here’
When they heard about an alleged hate crime in their community, high school students took a stand.
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The Guardian view on HBOS fraud: sex parties, lies and an almighty crash | Editorial 31 Jan 2017, 2:43pm The Guardian view on HBOS fraud: sex parties, lies and an almighty crash | Editorial
This £245m fraud is an insight into the rottenness of British banking – and a warning to us allNone of the standard terms cover the mammoth scam at HBOS that has been revealed this week. Victimless crime? But there were victims of
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Is removing a condom without permission rape? 16 Jan 2017, 1:52pm Is removing a condom without permission rape?
A Swiss court has broadened the definition of non-consensual sex. How will this affect our understanding of where lines are drawn? In a landmark ruling in Switzerland, a man has been found guilty of raping a woman after he removed a condom without permission during what had, up until that point, been consensual sex. He has not been named, and of course nor has the victim, so currently there are no further details beyond the fact they met on Tinder. The Swiss federal supreme court handed down a suspended 12-month sentence. The case is a Swiss first, but has no direct bearing on the rest of Europe; rape law differs wildly across the continent. European human rights legislation has little to say on the crime except where it bifurcates a separate article; it can be a breach of privacy (article 8) or an act of torture (article 3), but you have no human right per se to sexual autonomy. Astonishingly, Germany only last year accepted the word “no” as the refusal of consent: previously, a victim would have to prove that they had fought back. Nevertheless, any new territory chartered in rape law has an atmospheric impact on general perception. It’s worth considering how this case would play in an English court. Dr Sinead Ring of the University of Kent notes that removing a condom partway through sex without consent, “is not definitely an offence under English law. It has never been brought as a case. But there is a section in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidance on conditional consent, and this would be an example of that.”
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12 Jan 2017, 3:21am The Shootout Myth at the Airport
The grim truth is that concealed carry permit holders are rarely involved in stopping crime.
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Murder, she wrote: the missing bankers thriller 8 Jan 2017, 2:00am Murder, she wrote: the missing bankers thriller
Whodunnit writer Elizabeth Corley will be telling MPs all about disappearing City jobs this weekWhen thousands of bankers reportedly disappear, a special committee is called in to investigate. Will it solve the mystery and save the UK economy? Or have the City jobs vanished forever? That all sounds like a case for superintendent Andrew Fenwick, the hero of the acclaimed crime novels of Elizabeth Corley, who in her far more tedious career is also vice-chair of Allianz Global Investors.
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7 Jan 2017, 2:30pm Updated Crime and Gratitude in New York
Those responsible for the much safer city deserve kudos, though there still are hot spots that deserve more attention.
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Haters Gonna Hate 5 Jan 2017, 7:31pm Haters Gonna Hate
A Chicago case exposes the divisiveness of the hate-crime obsession.
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No smokers, no serial killers: why I’m frisking the lodgers | Dreda Say Mitchell 5 Jan 2017, 2:00am No smokers, no serial killers: why I’m frisking the lodgers | Dreda Say Mitchell
Yes, I could make a killing from renting out my spare room. But as a crime writer, I know just what problems lie ahead Recently I had a first-hand account of the housing crisis affecting so many young people. A relative – a professional on good money – was telling me how she’s spending half her salary renting a small room in a house. She has to perform contortions to fit into the tiny shower she shares with the other tenants. But it did lead her to offer some helpful financial advice for the new year. With so much money to be made, she suggested that I
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After a year of gloom, the joy of everyday kindness is the best antidote | Remona Aly 30 Dec 2016, 9:58am After a year of gloom, the joy of everyday kindness is the best antidote | Remona Aly
2016 gave us Regrexit, Trumpageddon and hate crime – but also reminders of the goodness of ordinary people that binds us all togetherWe did it. We got through the year from hell. Humankind collectively stubbed its toe and survived while
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For Europe’s sake, Angela Merkel must hold the centre ground | Timothy Garton Ash 21 Dec 2016, 2:37pm For Europe’s sake, Angela Merkel must hold the centre ground | Timothy Garton Ash
The Berlin Christmas market attack could unleash forces of intolerance to threaten liberal ideals across the continent. Germany can lead by exampleAnd really we live in dark times when “to talk about trees is almost a crime/ because it involves being silent about so many atrocities!” Thus
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Government will use education to offer hope to young offenders 10 Dec 2016, 4:00pm Government will use education to offer hope to young offenders
Children in youth custody are some of the most damaged in Britain. Here, the justice secretary commits to creating secure schools to prepare them for a positive role in society Our youth justice system should not just be about punishing crime, important though that is; it should also be about reforming offenders. It should provide discipline, purpose, supervision and someone who cares – elements that have all too often been missing from these young lives.
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It’s no longer blacks v whites, but there’s still no level playing field | Hugh Muir 25 Nov 2016, 12:04pm It’s no longer blacks v whites, but there’s still no level playing field | Hugh Muir
Times have changed since a landmark 1979 football match involving West Bromwich Albion players, yet institutional racism is still hard to tackle There are any number of ways to illustrate how race relations in Britain have changed over the past 40 years. The government can brandish social attitudes reports; the police can point to the changes in racially motivated crime. But the most revealing indicators can be those omitted from the history books.
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23 Nov 2016, 8:23pm 26 Seconds in 1963
Abraham Zapruder’s 26 seconds stand as the most famous bystander documentation of a crime.
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White nationalists? Alt-right? If you see a Nazi, say Nazi | Lindy West 22 Nov 2016, 11:40am White nationalists? Alt-right? If you see a Nazi, say Nazi | Lindy West
Weak, noncommittal language allows people to hide from reality and avoid accountability. Writers must not be afraid to call some of Trump’s believers what they truly are What does it take to call a Nazi a Nazi? In the interminable fortnight since the election of Donald Trump, the US press has been floundering in a gyre of panic over the internal taxonomy of racists. For months, many (myself included) indulged Trump’s base in their euphemism of choice, the “alt-right”, an attempt to rebrand warmed-over Reconstruction-era white supremacy as a cool, new (and harmless!) internet fad. Despite the fact that Breitbart News (described by former honcho turned Trump adviser Stephen Bannon as “the platform for the alt-right”) had, at one point, a news tag labeled “black crime”, and was a driver of the racist conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was a secret Kenyan Muslim, the press contorted itself into labyrinthine knots to
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Don’t cry foul play, Jeremy Clarkson, the truth is the plane left without you 17 Nov 2016, 12:10pm Don’t cry foul play, Jeremy Clarkson, the truth is the plane left without you
An ‘Argentinian hate crime’ committed at Stuttgart airport has provoked the multi-millionaire everyman’s latest salvo against the establishment To Germany, Europe, where the freedom of movement of Jeremy Clarkson has been
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3 Nov 2016, 5:00am In Brexit Britain, being a foreigner marks me out as evil | Joris Luyendijk
Since the referendum, the tabloids have whipped up racist feeling by creating subtle links between non-natives and crime – and the government has done little to counter it I realised it only after having done it. On Tuesday I was watching my kids playing with other children in a London park. I was about to call out to them when I intuitively caught myself. Having lived here for most of their life, my children speak flawless English. I, however, have a clear Dutch accent. Yelling to them would suddenly single them out as foreigners to the other children. Only six months ago none of this would have occurred to me. Now I find myself lowering my voice. Something is rotting in England and the
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1 Nov 2016, 2:49pm My part in a war crime in Suez | Letters
Sixty years ago, along with 50,000 troops, I was in Cyprus for our airborne and land invasion of Egypt on 5 November. We had been told that we needed to help little Israel against the bullying tactics of “big” Egypt, and of course we were a generation of young men for whom the Holocaust had real meaning and parallels were drawn between the Egyptian leader, Nasser, and Hitler. Furthermore, we were told we were protecting “our” Suez canal for the world. Hence we all went willingly and, as young men do, with some macho. We believed what we were told and, as there was a censorship from Britain to us, we heard nothing about the political controversy raging in the UK. Hence my surprise on returning to Blighty proud with kitbag and mementos of conflict to be told: “You’re no better than the Nazis.” It took me 10 years before I learned that the British, French and Israeli governments had arranged for a joint attack on Egypt. Maturity brings reflection and I now appreciate that I was part of a war crime, an unprovoked planned attack. I wonder will today’s servicemen and women have the similar reasons to regret their unquestioning patriotism as active service will have taught them that war brutalises in a week?
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27 Oct 2016, 7:10am Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Pakistan’s Honor-Killing Law Isn’t Enough
Upending misogynistic tribal codes is the real key to finally ending the most egregious gender crime.
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26 Oct 2016, 9:22am Updated Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign
The Washington Post celebrates petty crime.
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25 Oct 2016, 1:00am The police can’t continue to pick up the pieces of Britain’s mental health cuts | Ian Blair
Officers’ duty to protect the community from crime and terror is being jeopardised by the time they spend on people in crisis In my time as the deputy and then commissioner of the Metropolitan police, my primary concerns were with terrorism and issues around diversity. But a constant problem for my officers was dealing with people exhibiting psychotic behaviour in public, which seemed to be getting worse. A main driver of this was the inadequacy and local unpredictability of mental health services.
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23 Oct 2016, 2:00am Philip Green could sue a non-Impress paper even if he lost his knighthood
Under the Leveson settlement, those who stayed outside the would-be regulator’s ambit would have to pay almost any litigant’s costs in courtThere’ll be time enough later this week to weigh the impact of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act going live if Impress, the would-be press regulator, is deemed fit for Royal Charter purpose. But it’s difficult even now, as Sir Philip Green becomes plain Phil – at least at the hands of MPs
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22 Oct 2016, 1:30pm Next in the stocks… the banks, Blair and the royals | Kevin McKenna
MPs should pick on someone who has cost the country more dearly than Philip Green A curious little cameo always plays out at the high court at the end of a day of evidence in the trial of a person accused of a serious sexual crime against women or young children. As the van carrying the accused sweeps out of the gates, a small crowd rushes forward, spitting venom at the alleged perpetrator. The police prevent the mob rushing the vehicle, but in a half-hearted fashion. After all, they seem to be saying, you can hardly blame these good, law-abiding and child-loving citizens for venting their fury at someone who has been accused of such heinous crimes. You always wonder, though, what else motivates some people to make their way to the courtroom and hang around before their quarry appears. I’ve been at trials like this and watched the crowd surge forward. In the main, the throng is made up of people from edgy neighbourhoods of the type that make civilised people hold their noses.
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22 Oct 2016, 12:27pm The Public Editor: Call It What It Is: Rape
A headline on a story about a man sentenced to just two months for assaulting his 12-year-old daughter did not convey the depravity of the crime.
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21 Oct 2016, 6:33am After Mazher Mahmood, Murdoch cannot be let off the hook | Brian Cathcart
The ‘Fake Sheikh’ has been jailed for 15 months for lying in the service of News UK. It’s time for Leveson part two to begin, and end the company’s corruptionHow often is a prominent personality in a well-known company convicted of serious crime? It is rare, and when does happen the company is usually deeply embarrassed and desperate to show it can’t happen again. Mazher Mahmood has been the
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20 Oct 2016, 1:00pm Kim Kardashian doesn’t need to learn a lesson – but the media seems to
Aggravated burglary is a violent crime, even if it happens to a woman you don’t like Lost in Showbiz is increasingly troubled by a series of anonymously sourced reports suggesting Kim Kardashian has vowed to “change her ways” after being the victim of a violent burglary.
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7 Oct 2016, 9:34am Editorial: Cultural Destruction as a War Crime
The nine-year sentence for the man who oversaw the assault on Timbuktu’s shrines gives teeth to future prosecutions.
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5 Oct 2016, 9:21am We need a country that works for everyone – EU citizens included | Jakub Krupa
Since the Brexit vote European nationals have faced hatred in the UK. And yet the government is refusing to guarantee our rights, fuelling fears of intoleranceI met Aleksandra a couple of weeks ago. A few days before, her friend had been beaten up in front of her home in what police are investigating as a suspected hate crime. As we were interviewing her about what had happened, a car pulled up and a group of youngsters shouted at her: “Fucking Polish grass.” Her reaction, one of shock and disbelief, was moving, and very personal – something that often gets lost in police and media reports of such events. Aleksandra spoke heartbreakingly about this new feeling of being unwelcome in Britain and about how important it had always been for her to belong to a group of people similar to her, to her community, to the country she had made her home.
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4 Oct 2016, 7:30pm Insider Trading Hits the High Court
The Justices can clarify when tippees are committing a crime.
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3 Oct 2016, 3:10pm Letter: The F.B.I. Crime Report
A former Times reporter writes that “research shows that reported property crime is in many cases very different from actual crime.”
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1 Oct 2016, 7:05pm The Conservatives will lift the shroud of silence to protect society’s vulnerable | Amber Rudd
As the Tory conference opens, the home secretary says the UK has to confront some brutal truths Some years ago, at the beginning of my political career, I campaigned for an end to female genital mutilation and for tougher penalties for those responsible for carrying it out. Little did I ever imagine that I would be in the position, as home secretary, where it would be my job to drive on the government’s efforts to get rid of this brutal practice. It is one of my absolute priorities – working with the police and other agencies – to see this government is the one under which there is the first successful prosecution and punishment of a perpetrator of this horrible crime. And let’s be clear about that: it is a crime. The law in this country is not there to be compromised or to be blinkered. FGM, “honour-based violence”, and forced marriage are illegal. They are pernicious forms of abuse of women and we will not shy away from tackling them because of cultural sensitivities.
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30 Sep 2016, 10:15pm Op-Ed Contributors: Why Don’t You Just Call the Cops?
After news of a police beating spread through Milwaukee, crime reports in black neighborhoods dropped precipitously.
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29 Sep 2016, 6:00am Chemical weapons are being used against the Darfuris. This is a war crime | Salil Shetty
Despite being under the watch of an African Union-UN peacekeeping mission, civilians in Darfur continue to be subjected to horrifying attacks
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29 Sep 2016, 3:21am Editorial: The Dangers of Misreading the F.B.I. Crime Report
Murders around the country are up, but crime overall remains at historic lows. The answer is not to panic, but to respond with smart policies.
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28 Sep 2016, 1:59pm As long as greed governs global sport, corruption will be endemic | Simon Jenkins
Everyone in football knew what Sam Allardyce was talking about. His biggest crime was to embarrass the FA Where there’s brass there’s muck, and where there’s muck there is usually a rake.
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26 Sep 2016, 3:32pm The racist ideas of slave owners are still with us today | Catherine Hall
The surge in hate crime since the Brexit vote is one legacy of an overlooked period of British historyOn Sunday evening, the ITV series Victoria imagined Prince Albert addressing the great anti-slavery convention at Exeter Hall, on the continued existence of the slave trade and slavery. It went so far as to show an encounter between Albert, a freed African-American and American feminists attending the convention. It was engaging television. But don’t be fooled. People of colour and women were in reality marginalised at this famous 1840 event. And while Albert supported anti-slavery causes, other significant royals, including Victoria’s uncle the Duke of Cumberland, opposed the ending of the slave trade and slavery.
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