We will remember them
A German diplomat called on Britain to commemorate but not celebrate the centenary of the Great War. Some of the events planned so far:
— Candle to be extinguished in Westminster Abbey at 11 p.m. on 4 August
— First world war paintings to be displayed on 22,000 poster sites around the country
— Memorial arch to be constructed in Folkestone, from where many soldiers left for the front
— Replicas of biplanes to be flown from Dover to St Omer
— Bus used at the front to be restored by London Transport Museum
A sense of conviction
The Football Association has been attacked for clearing just two out of 473 players brought before it on disciplinary matters in 2011, a ‘conviction’ rate of 99.6 per cent. Is there any criminal justice system with such a high rate?
|England (Crown Court)||83%|
|US Dept of Justice||93%|
Stirring up apathy
Labour wants to give the vote to 16- and 17-year-olds. What was voter turnout by age in the 2010 general election?
The partner of a Guardian journalist involved in publishing documents leaked by Edward Snowden was stopped for nine hours at Heathrow under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. How many people were stopped at ports and airports by authorities under this legislation in 2011/12?
— 63,902 were stopped and searched
— This equates to 0.06% of the 106 million arrivals
— Of those stopped, 2,240 were kept for more than an hour
— 680 were detained
In all, 206 were arrested under the Terrorism Act in 2011/12
— 73 were charged
— Of these, 43 were charged with terror-related offences and 30 on other offences
Source: Home Office
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