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Simon McKay is a barrister specialising in criminal, human rights and regulatory law

No sex for undercover cops, according to police draft guidance

No sex for undercover cops, according to police draft guidance

The College of Policing has this morning published its consultation on guidance for undercover policing. It is a draft document, not the final word and is likely to generate much…

Walking the fine line between robust reporting and contempt

Walking the fine line between robust reporting and contempt

In light of the tragic events earlier this week, it may be worth pausing to reflect on the balance that needs to be struck between responsible reporting and its impact…

Righting wrong turns: where next after Jogee?

Righting wrong turns: where next after Jogee?

CS Lewis wrote: ‘We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road. In that case, the…

Investigatory powers bill ‘not fit for purpose’

Investigatory powers bill ‘not fit for purpose’

Chuck Palahniuk in his book Survivor says of the past: ‘If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself. What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized.’…

Levi Bellfield confession: what next?

Levi Bellfield confession: what next?

  ‘A lie is when you say something happened which didn’t happen. But there is only ever one thing which happened at a particular time and a particular place. And…

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