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Comment Re:Happy, happy, joy, joy... (Score 1) 381

Remind me - how many times did Labour attempt similar controls ? Oh, yes, loads.

How long did Labour want to hold people without charge or trial ? 90 days I seem to remember...

It's just politicians - Labour, Conservatives it doesn't matter. They all want one thing - control (which leads to more power). I've never seen a politician here roll back an abhorent policy that they fought massively against when they were in opposition. Because when they're not in opposition anymore, it's too useful to them to get rid of.

Comment Re:Also take aim at... (Score 1) 779

I think it's a little worse here in the UK than I've ever seen it before. Right now, teachers are being suspended if someone they live with has anything show up on their vetting.

Live with a guy who got a DUI 5 years ago ? Get suspended. Live with a guy who had an assault charge (note - charge, not necessarily conviction) brought against him? Suspended.

The government say that they've told the schools to use their discretion, but the schools have learned through issues like the Baby P fiasco not to trust that and will simply enforce the very letter of the new guidelines.

Comment Re: don't use biometrics (Score 1) 328


The article has changed since I first read it from 'charged with' to 'accused of'

The Metropolitan Police said the men are accused of taking an oath of allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) militant group and arranging to buy a handgun equipped with a silencer and conducting "hostile reconnaissance" of a police station and Army barracks in London using Google Street View.

Bell Labs Unix -- Reach out and grep someone.