Friday, 14 November 2014

The EAW and all its Unforeseen Consequences

This week has seen the issue of the infamous European Arrest Warrant rear its ugly head once again in the political discourse of the UK. For those who are unaware of what the EAW entails, it is a system that was designed to streamline the extradition process amongst European Union member states. While plans for such a thing date back as far as 1990s, it was in 2002 that the relevant EU Framework came into existence, probably due to the panic caused by the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Named Persons, Good Intentions and the Road to Hell

They often say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions in this country. Many schemes and grand plans with the best interests of people in heart that end up being corrupted into something either ineffectual or in some ways downright harmful. I could point out numerous examples, many economic policies that have been pursued, joining the European Economic Community (which has morphed into the behemoth European Union), getting involved in dodgy wars etc etc. However one area always stands out to me, mainly because we keep seeing the consequences of failure. That's the area of child protection. My motivation for this article is the controversial “named person” system that the Scottish government wishes to implement under Section 19 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Shameron, Rochester and the issue of low turnouts

Today, the mighty David Shameron has pleaded with Labour, Lib Dem and Green Party voters in Rochester to back the Conservative candidate in the upcoming by-election (caused by the defection of sitting MP Mark Reckless to UKIP).

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Four years on and such..........

Well folks, this is going to be my first blog post in about four years. A lot's happened in that time, I've finished uni, had a very frightening health scare, got a job, almost had a girlfriend and also watched with despair as the country slips further into the abyss.