Security staff at the Houses of Parliament are using a rule prohibiting banners and fancy dress to confiscate briefing notes members of the public have prepared in order to lobby their representative. After MP David Burrowes raised the case of his constituent, who was ordered by police officers to hand over papers she had prepared for […]

District Judge Daphne Wickham has just handed down a six-week prison sentence and a £265 fine to Jonathan May-Bowles (aka Jonnie Marbles), the “comedian” who gave Rupert Murdoch a pie in the face at last month’s committee hearing. While this is probably fair — according to eye-witness Paul Waugh, Marbles gave Murdoch a “real whack” […]

Theresa May’s white paper on police cuts reform includes proposals such as the replacement of some police with unpaid reservists as a “clear manifestation of the ‘big society’ in action”. In a great spot by the Exclorative blog, it also features an anecdotal untruth about so-called bureaucracy. Section 3.11 of the document, entitled “Policing in the 21st century: reconnecting […]