29 April 2010
Moscow Times shows that Medvedev is still trying to do something about the rule of law in Russia. But as the officer quoted at the end of the article says "They will never allow cuts to the staff at central headquarters". Never seems to happen here either...or at least never for long
at 11:43 am
Liverpool again. This one won't make the national dailies.
at 11:04 am
Liverpool continues to turn into Dodge City. Its all intertwined with children's football too. Presumably this will make the nationals eventually.
at 11:00 am
26 April 2010
The comments from times readers are as depressing as usual. But remember there is a General Election on and seats at stake in Northern Ireland too. lets see what happens once this interminable campaign finally comes to some sort of result
at 12:50 pm
Preparations fo an offensive in Kandahar...and recognition that organised crime may be an obstacle to obtaining popular support from Afghans. Special Forces "taking out " insurgent leaders, but a huge suspicion that someone much higher up the tree needs to be removed too.
at 12:44 pm
23 April 2010
EMCDDA report lists 24 new drugs
at 9:37 am
Same problem as terrorist blacklists. The UK Supreme Court finds it unlawful to have a system of criminalisation with no right of review. question: why is this a matter for the Home Office when we have a Ministry of Justice? The first of the 2010 finals papers starts here.
at 9:28 am
The story of the stolen Leonardo...or is it? Not proven, m'lud. The Times tells a good story. At least the picture is safe. There will be books on this one. And lawsuits too.
at 9:19 am
Your blogger has been attached to the title of "expert on grey crime" ever since he made a silly throwaway remark to an audience of retired folk in Exeter many years ago, without knowing the press were present. the following day the local headline was; OAP Crime Wave...and Ive never looked back. Please note the outrageous quip in this piece. it is not to be taken seriously...but it will be!
at 9:03 am
It has been great to be away from the UK election! the crime rate has been falling for a while now, but you wouldnt know it from the redtops. It goes back to policies pioneered in Scotland after the safer Cities initiative of the 1980s, for any PhD students who want to research the stuff rather than make political points. Unfotunately, we still arent sure which particular one of these policies works, because...we didnt get round to evaluating them as they were introduced! o tempora, o mores, Oh dear I'm back in the UK.
at 8:38 am
No link from the title today. Just to tell you that I have returned from a visit to South East Asia, studying the Redshirts in Thailand, the border scams on the Thai-Cambodia border and discovering that the Buddhist festival of Songkran as celebrated in Luang Prabang is a two-day water fight. I will be bringing stories from my adventures in organised crime research to you as I find official versions of them when I rearch them on my return to Exeter.
at 8:32 am