Daily News Summary

Friday, 13 October 2006

Main stories

Beckett says Guantanamo Bay camp should be closed down
Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary - [having apparently replaced Jack Straw, as sharp-eyed readers of this bulletin may have commented yesterday] - has made the most strident denunciation of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp to date by a member of the government. She said that the camp was as much a 'radicalising and destabilising influence' as it was an aid in the 'war on terror'. Ind18, Gdn11

Reid to abandon `confusing' drug crime thresholds
The Times reports that the Home Secretary will abandon his predecessor's plans to set levels for the quantities of drugs a person can carry before being charged with possession with intent to supply. Instead it will be left to the discretion of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service. Times8

Other stories

Police fail to halt Menezes prosecution
The Attorney General has rejected a request not to prosecute Metropolitan Police officers over the death of Jean Charles de Menezes. Ind11

Brown: we must give boys a future
A generation of boys is being `wasted' by serious failings in schools and society, the Chancellor warned yesterday. He has also spotted that the rise in single parent families means that too few have good male role models. DMail8, and others

Kelly rules for Muslim funding `risk legal challenges'
The human rights organisation Justice has suggested that government plans to `rebalance' official funding to Muslim groups towards those that publicly oppose extremism could be `problematic', as there is `significant danger it would be likely to be discriminatory'. FT2

Comment, editorial, letters

An unusually sensible policy
The Independent defends the policy of releasing prisoners early and electronically tagging them, arguing that 'tagging is one of the few sensible policies this Government has introduced in the sphere of criminal justice'. Ind42

...on the other hand:

Justice in a shambles
The Mail says that `there can be no doubt of the suffering inflicted by prisoners who are released early with electronic tags, only to offend again...Bribes for foreign prisoners who agree to go home...holding convicts in police cells...transferring others to open prisons, even though it is `inevitable' more will escape...this week's emergency measures reflect the shambles to which criminal justice is reduced'. DMail14 - with a nice cartoon to illustrate their point: two stereotypical underclass women, enjoying their fags after a meal, with one admiring the other's rather chunky bracelet: `Yeah, nice innit? It's Ron's tag. I get to wear it while he's out mugging people.' DMail19

How to solve the prisons crisis: free all the women
Joan Bakewell says that crime is one human activity where there is a clear difference between men and women: `We needn't worry whether that's down to nature or nurture, the explanations from evolutionary psychology or simple biology. Women do not make up the criminal classes.' Ind45

Business, stop moaning. These `burdens' are what keep us civilised
Polly Toynbee points out that although UK business is never slow to moan about the burdens placed on it by progressive legislation such as the minimum wage and rights for part-time workers, the CBI it is less voluble about `Labour's massive spending on tax credits, which so heavily subsidise the low wages paid out by its members'. Gdn37

Tagging plays key role in reducing crime
Letter to the Telegraph from Tom Stacey, Director of the Offender's Tag Association. DTel25

These newspaper summaries are drawn up by staff at the Foundation. They are not intended to be comprehensive, or wholly uniform in their approach. Instead, they reflect our individual and collective perspectives on the day's coverage, including our judgements in terms of relevance to the Foundation's concerns. On occasion, they also reflect the inevitable time constraints within which we work.

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