Crime and the law

Crime and the law

This rape debate is demeaning to women

The current debate over the law on rape rehabilitates the Victorian view of women as helpless victims.

10 May 2011

The superinjunction only intensifies the gossip game

Yes, society’s obsession with people’s private peccadilloes and antics is a problem – but it won’t be fixed through illiberal injunctions.

28 February 2011

‘Please be aware, I might hit you now’

The British police’s bizarre new ‘riot brochure’ gives the lie to the idea that they’re more Orwellian than ever.

16 February 2011

Prisoners of their own self‑importance

The campaign to win the right to vote for prisoners has exposed the hollowness of the human rights cabal.

7 February 2011

Rape-law reforms are poisoning relationships

A recent case in England highlighted the dangers of turning bad teenage sex into a criminal matter.

3 February 2011

Crime View: thou shalt fear thy neighbour

The crime-mapping website launched by the police and lauded by the media doesn’t empower us - it turns us into panicked netizens.

1 February 2011

Stop trying to balance liberty with security

Exaggerated fear of terrorism should not be allowed to water down our most fundamental freedoms.

27 January 2011

Being bedded by a cop is not sexual assault

The female activists claiming that they were violated by undercover police are doing women’s lib no favours.

17 January 2011

Less about saving lives than feeling superior

The UK-based attempt to abolish the death penalty in the US reeks of American Revolution-era condescension.

12 January 2011

It’s no surprise to see a police agent go green

The bizarre tale of PC Mark Kennedy reveals some unflattering home truths about both the British state and the eco-protest movement.