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There was a time when the Metropolitan Police Service, the force responsible for Greater London, was accused of being ‘institutionally racist’, not sufficiently sensitive to the needs of racial, ethnic or cultural minorities. Now the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction, producing something I can only describe as ‘institutional cowardice.’
Once castigated for discriminating against minorities, they are now ignoring quite serious incidents in Tower Hamlets, a part of London where radical Islam is on the move in a campaign of violence, abuse and intimidation, revealed in a recent... (more)
The British National Party (BNP), for those who don’t know it, stands on the fringes of British political life. Many of its members and much of its hierarchy, including Nick Griffin, the party chairman, have a Nazi and racist past, something that they rather wish that voters would forget, at least the Nazi part. Under Griffin the party has been attempting to go ‘mainstream’, persuading enough people to vote for them in the 2009 Euro election to get Griffin and Andrew Brons elected as members of the European Parliament. The movement is said to be right-wing, though a good part of its programme... (more)
Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
So wrote Sir Francis Bacon four hundred years ago. Not that much has changed; for some laws are torture and the interpretation of law even more tortuous, the interpretation specifically of the Human Rights Act. This legislation, part of the European Convention on Human Rights, was swallowed whole by the government of Tony Blair, which allowed it to pass into British law without any attempt at digestion. The result has been a huge stomach ache, with a headache added as a... (more)
In 2001 a German by the name of Armin Meiwes placed an advert on a website called The Cannibal Café, calling for a “well-built male between eighteen and thirty to be slaughtered and consumed.” That’s not the amazing thing; no, the amazing thing is he got his meal, one Bernd Jürgen Brandes. Together the two began this black dinner with a particularly intimate part of the victim’s anatomy, though the details are just too awful to dwell on here. Needless to say, Meiwes ended by finishing on his own, his dining companion previously having lost his appetite along with his life.
I was reminded... (more)
If I were to ask people in the United States to name a serious sexual scandal involving a senior political figure I imagine a goodly number would opt for Bill Clinton, formerly of the Bill and Monica Show. Oh, but that was nothing, even with the dissimulation and deception, blue dresses and all. I would ask you to think big and think large; I would ask you to think of Italy and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Silvio certainly thinks big. At the moment the 74-year-old premier and publishing tycoon, who has dominated Italian politics for almost as long as Mussolini, a man whom he admires,... (more)
It's impossible to imagine a greater contrast between the father and the daughter. The father is Jean-Marie Le Pen, the old bruiser of the French far-right and the former leader of the National Front. Though he took his fascist-style front a long way in the fractious politics of France, his xenophobic skin-head brand was in the end just too gauche for the nation of political chic, locking him into a perpetual ghetto of loyal voters; so far and no further. The daughter is Marine Le Pen, a lawyer, well-dressed, personable and charming. Earlier this year she came top in a leadership poll after... (more)
Verena Becker is presently on trial in Germany, charged as an accomplice in the murder over thirty years ago of Siegfried Buback, then Germany’s prosecutor-general, in a drive-by shooting. Becker, if you have never heard of her, was once a member of a collection of terrorists generally known as the Baader-Meinhof Group, after the two principal leaders, though they preferred to call themselves the Rote Armee Fraktion – Red Army Faction – or the RAF. These people had declared war on what was then the Federal Republic of Germany, Buback being a prime target, an agent of the ‘fascist’ state. The... (more)
I imagine just about all of the people who read BrooWaha believe in free speech and a free press, just as they believe in the right of individuals to protect their privacy. But what happens when the two things come into conflict, when the public’s right to know stands against an individual’s desire to prevent it from knowing? Well, in England if you are rich enough, famous enough and influential enough you can apply to the courts for something called a ‘super-injunction.’
Perhaps some of you who are not English have heard of these infamous legal devices? If so it’s likely to be as a... (more)
Helen Zille is a brave woman. If you've not heard of her she is a South African politician, the premier of the Western Cape and the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), a political party that stands in opposition to the ruling African National Congress (ANC) of President Jacob Zuma. In her younger days, during the time of the old Apartheid system of white minority rule, she worked as journalist on the Rand Daily Mail. It was she who exposed the government of the ruling National Party for lying about the death in prison of Steve Biko, the leader of the Black Consciousness movement. Faced... (more)
Anyone who has personal experience of stalking, as I have, will know just how frightening it is, how dreadful to be overwhelmed by the relentless obsession of another person. In real life a measure of protection and redress is offered. But what if the threat comes from some anonymous source, perhaps from another country, through the internet?
I read recently of the case of Leandra Ramm, an opera singer who lives in New York, who has been the object of a relentless campaign of cyber-stalking from someone based in Singapore, an individual with whom she has no personal connection whatsoever.... (more)