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Brother Ivo


A lecture delivered by the President of the Supreme Court explained why judges sometimes feel called upon to be more pro-active, and occasionally enter the public-political debate about ‘Justice in an age of Austerity’ (pdf). Read more of this post

A Citizen’s Arrest


The powers of arrest now exercised by law enforcement officers are not available to members of the public wishing to carry out a citizen’s arrest, which is now a ‘far cry‘ from a ‘hue-and-cry‘.  Anyone participating in a ‘hue-and-cry’ had the right to carry a weapon and to arrest a criminal, whom – should they violently resist – might be killed with impunity, but not otherwise. Lynchings were very rare, and even wounding or killing a criminal to hinder flight was unlawful. Read more of this post

Arresting Citizens


A member of the public’s right to emulate the powers of arrest exercised by a law enforcement officer are a ‘far cry‘ from a ‘hue-and-cryAnyone participating in a hue-and-cry had the right to arrest a criminal, whom, if they violently resist arrest might be killed with impunity, but not otherwise – lynchings were very rare, and even wounding or killing a criminal to hinder flight was unlawful. In this context it’s hard to imagine the need for modern law enforcement that Henry Fielding foresaw when he inaugurated the Bow Street Runners . Yet, as he hypothesized in An Enquiry Into the Causes of the Late Increase of Robbers:

There were too many people coming to London expecting an easy life, that corruption in government was endemic, that people were choosing crime rather than hard work, and that only 6 out of 10 constables were worth keeping on. Read more of this post

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Martin Widlake's Yet Another Oracle Blog

Oracle performance, Oracle statistics and VLDBs

The Land Is Ours

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The Bulletin

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The Real Economy

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Professor Mark Elliott

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