By way of Pub Philosopher I learn that at last…..there is to be a serious candidate standing against David Davis!
Yesterday Jill Saward formally announced that she will stand in the byelection.
For those of you not familiar with Jill Saward, she was the dignified and brave victim of the horrific Ealing Vicarage Rape in 1986.
Steve at PP recollects that horrific story and has included a link to the story outlining the gratuitous cruelty of the robbers who broke into the Ealing vicarage and the ridiculously lenient sentences handed out by the judge. In point of fact the judge made so light of Jills experience he was hammered by the press and public feeling and it threw a light on the general ‘old boys’ network legal approach to rape trials.
Regards her on this issue and to summarise c/o PP:
Jill Saward believes that the sacrifice of some civil liberties is necessary if crime is to be fought effectively. She supports the use of CCTV cameras to detect and deter criminals and advocates the extension of the national DNA database which, she argues, has been crucial to securing rape convictions.
So do I. I agree with her statement that David Davis essentially wishes to drive a sledgehammer right through the tools the police the need to catch horrendous criminals in violent and other crime.
And so too does David Aaronvich. Before Mr Davis even emerged on the scene to speak on this issue Aaronovich is on the money in this piece, outlining a slew of examples where the use of DNA evidence in tracing and convicting tricky to catch criminals is proven. He is coincidentally one journalist I do actually respect for speaking out over the last few years alongisde Nick Cohen on the Liberal Left sell out on Islamism.
Happily Rupert Murdoch lost his nerve and pulled MacKenzie’s funding. That horrendous foghorn leghorn looked to be a serious blight with his self righteous bluster on this important modern issue.
And The Greens have put up a candidate too. The only mainstream party to do so and I might point out to some hardcore civlibbers and so called ‘libertarians’ (when it suits) the only party to actually be standing for ‘full liberties’!
I have mentioned in previous pretty involved back & forths on the subject that David Davis own cynical record on the detention issues until this year (amongst other liberty issues) makes his Magna Carta argument ring well and truly hollow. And it would appear the Greens have his number. So I assume those who have been so vocal here on individual liberties will now be backing the Greens??
I also believe that in terms of standing up on principle Jill is by far and away the more sincere. I wish her the best of luck. I have never put forward money for a political cause in all my life but i will gladly send Jill money on this issue.
Most important of all I am thrilled that the debate will now finally be brought into sharp focus rather than grandiose statements about the Magna Carta in 2008.
A mature, sensible, balanced and fair debate, presenting ALL the facts surrounding the use of technologies (in so far as CCTV DNA database are concerned) and on the balance we NEED to strike between civil liberties and protection from crime.