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After Sarah Everard’s murder, police powers need to be curbed not strengthened

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From the moment Sarah Everard was stopped by Wayne Couzens, she probably never had a chance. He was armed with a police badge, belt and handcuffs; with strength, power and authority. The lockdown laws, which have huge...

Apsana Begum’s court ordeal is an indictment of Tower Hamlets council

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It could have been a John Grisham novel set in the Chicago of yesteryear. Apsana Begum, Britain’s first hijab-wearing MP, was acquitted last week of three counts of housing fraud in a failed prosecution by her own Tow...

It’s time for a serious debate about vaccine passports

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For the second time in my adult life, I feel we must have a national conversation about domestic compulsory ID. Last time, in the mid-00s, it was an authoritarian solution looking for a problem to fix, with immigratio...

George Galloway didn’t have a monopoly on the dirty tricks in Batley and Spen

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I wonder which will be remembered longest; the outcome of the Batley and Spen byelection, or the manner in which it was conducted? Labour won the seat by a narrow margin of 323 votes, but the interventions of div`isiv...

After the Sarah Everard vigil scandal, who still thinks the police need extra powers?

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The Peterloo massacre in 1819, the abuses of the suffragettes in the early 20th century, the killing of Blair Peach in 1979, the recent “spy cops” scandal: there have been many dark moments in Britain’s history of pol...