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09 September 2009


Peter Harvey

Shields was tried and sentenced by a foreign court, which in itself is cast-iron proof of innocence for many British nationalists. But it's not just that -- he's associated with Liverpool FC, which seems to guarantee privileged treatment by the law.


I imagine that we need some kind of procedure to deal with new evidence in cases involving transferred prisoners. Presumably? none was available to Mr Straw or to the defence lawyers. Even if he did act judicially and was genuinely convinced, I think he was foolish to lay his reasoning open to public discusion. We are getting dangerously near the democracy of the People's Court. I should like to believe that Mr Straw is as upright as Mr McAskill. Can I?

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