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The cost-of-living crisis: A rights issue

The cost of living crisis is spiralling out of control and showing no sign of slowing, and while it has been exacerbated by Covid-19, rising energy and fuel costs, supply chain issues, and soaring inflation, the crisis has been going on for decades. However, as journalist and film-maker Sunita Ghosh Dastidar outlined in her documentary,…

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Watchdog sounds alarm over the crumbling criminal justice system 

The criminal justice system has been at a tipping point for years but was pushed to the brink of collapse when Covid-19 hit.  Yet, according to the justice watchdog, it is yet to make a recovery, and is still working at “unacceptable levels.” In a recent joint report by the four HM Chief Inspectors, serious…

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The Colston Four acquittal and the politicisation of jury trial

The Colston Four case is a case that has divided the country. To some, the four are courageous individuals who confronted racism, while to others they are vandals. Regardless of one’s perspective, one thing is for sure, as of January 2022, they are not criminals and have been acquitted of all criminal damage charges. Despite…

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Criminal legal aid: What’s next?

Legal aid in the UK has been in a precarious position for years following severe cuts and a repeated failure by the government to address the crisis. With criminal legal aid on the brink of collapse, finally, in December 2018, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) launched a review, the results of which were only published…

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UK trails behind EU legislation on antibiotic use on farms

Globally, it is estimated that 66% of all antibiotics are used on farm animals. This widespread prophylactic use of antibiotics as an insurance policy against disease is a dangerous one, and experts warn it is driving antimicrobial resistance, dubbed a “hidden pandemic.” On 28 January, the EU introduced a ban on the routine use of…

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UK government hit with legal action over ‘inadequate climate policies’

ClientEarth and Friends of The Earth are both taking legal action against the UK government over its failure to deliver an effective net-zero climate strategy that will enact real, meaningful change. Campaign group Friends of The Earth and environmental law charity ClientEarth are filing separate court papers. The two argue that the government’s strategy is…

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The Policing Bill revisited

As Conservative Party controversy hits the headlines and Plan B is activated across the UK, one piece of legislation that is not getting the coverage it deserves is the creeping, draconian Policing Bill.  This bill recently saw back-door amendments entered at an incredibly late stage to avoid parliamentary scrutiny. These 18 extra pages that have…

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The government, conversion therapy and continued lack of action

Despite years of government promises and pledges, conversion therapy is still not illegal in the UK. In 2018, former Prime Minister Theresa May first outlined the government’s plans to end the archaic and brutal practice. Similar sentiments were also echoed by PM Boris Johnson, who labelled conversion therapy as “abhorrent.” Yet as we near the…

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Liberty, the Human Rights Act and Dominic Raab

In the most recent cabinet reshuffle, Dominic Raab was demoted as Foreign Secretary and placed into the role of Justice Secretary, Deputy Prime Minister and Lord Chancellor. This move has caused great concern from human rights groups, as Raab historically stands firmly against the Human Rights Act (HRA) and has expressed that he doesn’t “believe…

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Misogyny as a hate crime: Is change on the horizon?

The rape and murder of Sarah Everard by policeman Wayne Couzens devastated the country and, rightfully, has put the question of making misogyny a hate crime back under the microscope. Discussions are now being had around how to address the horrific endemic violence committed against women and girls. As more and more brutal crimes against…

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