Tag Archives: keith vaz

Opinion: Do you love this country?

One question asked by the Home Affairs Select Committee to Alan Rusbridger over the Snowden leaks should be of great concern to us all. During the often heated exchanges, Keith Vaz asked:

Do you love this country?

If we were told that in, for example, Russia, a committee of MPs were grilling a newspaper editor over his patriotic credentials, we would rightly condemn it as a worrying level of state pressure on the press. Just what were Vaz’s intentions behind that question? Would it have been held against Rusbridger if he had said ‘no’? We can only speculate. But, whether or …

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , and | 32 Comments

Daily View 2×2: 4 December 2009

It’s December 4th, and 210 years since the day William Pitt the Younger introduced income tax to help pay for the Napoleonic Wars. By that time, The Observer (the world’s first Sunday newspaper) was already celebrating its ninth birthday.

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

What are other Liberal Democrat bloggers saying? Here are two posts that have caught the eye from the Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Spotted any other great posts in the last day from blogs that aren’t on the aggregator? Do post up a comment sharing them with us all.

2 Big Stories

MPs to go clubbing to investigate cocaine trade

The Commons home affairs committee, led by Labour’s Keith Vaz, will look at what goes on during “student nights”.

Members will look at the latest cocaine-detecting technology and talk to anti-drugs campaigners.

Labour MP Gwyn Prosser has already spent time outside a nightclub in Maidstone, Kent, as part of the committee’s preliminary research.

Posted in Daily View | Also tagged , , , , and | Leave a comment

Inexperienced officers in protest frontline – never again, say MPs

An inquiry by MPs into the 1 April G20 protests has concluded that untrained police officers must never again be placed in the frontline of public protest.

From the Guardian:

The conclusion from the Commons home affairs select committee inquiry into the G20 protests of April 1 follows admissions from senior Metropolitan police officers that some inexperienced officers, who were clearly quite scared, used “inappropriate force”.

The report by the cross-party group of MPs says they “cannot condone the use of untrained, inexperienced officers on the frontline of a public protest under any circumstances”.

The inquiry also calls for the police to seriously

Posted in News | Also tagged , and | 4 Comments



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarLiberal Al 19th Sep - 10:45pm
    John, much of what you say, I agree with, but I think I need to clarify two points: "Embassies and ambassadors all over the world...
  • User AvatarLittle Jackie Paper 19th Sep - 10:30pm
    Joe Otten - 'the government hasn’t shrunk the public sector to match its reduced revenues, or reduced it even further as a small state ideologue...
  • User AvatarPhil Beesley 19th Sep - 10:27pm
    Glenn: "The Tories need to be put back in their box and contained, not encouraged." If Tories have a problem, it is their problem. Regionalists...
  • User AvatarGlenn 19th Sep - 9:59pm
    The problem with the advocates of an English Parliament is that they want it be an extension of Westminster and they are simply trying to...
  • User AvatarATF 19th Sep - 9:32pm
    @David-1 Thirty years... Good Lord, let's hope we are both around! :)
  • User AvatarDavid-1 19th Sep - 8:57pm
    @ATF: "enough of a decision to put the matter to rest for a generation." I'll mark my calendar for Referendum 2044!