Open Up Your ‘Dirt’ Books!
1) OPEN UP YOUR ‘DIRT BOOKS’!
« Westminster’s main parties were last night forced to agree to review their whips’ ‘dirt books’ and disclose any evidence of child abuse. The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties all said that they would trawl disciplinary records of current and former MPs and pass any relevant material to a new inquiry into a possible institutional failure to protect children from paedophiles. That inquiry, set to be one of the largest ever held, will be carried out by Baroness Butler-Sloss, the former president of the family division of the high court, it was announced yesterday. »
Speaking on the Today programme this morning, Peter Wanless, the chief executive of the NSPCC who is heading the separate review into the Home Office’s handling of documents relating to these alleged historic sex crimes, told the Today programme he believed that a person who is told about child abuse and « does nothing about it » should face prosecution.
Meanwhile, the Independent’s veteran political correspondent Andy McSmith reminds us of the historical context:
« Thirty years ago last month, speculation about a paedophile ring inside the British political establishment went global – not for the first time. The Toronto Globe and Mail was one of the newspapers to report on it… In those days, it would seem that adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and the abuse of children were all lumped under one heading of things people really should not do, some of which were illegal. »
FROM CHILD ABUSE TO MARIJUANA LEGALISATION – BROOKLYN THE NEW JURISPRUDENCE OF TOLERANCE IS TAKING EFFECT SINCE TUESDAY, THE NYT IS REPORTING.
Good morning on this hazy Wednesday.
Marijuana is now effectively legal to possess in Brooklyn – at least for most people.
The district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, announced Tuesday that his office would not prosecute adults carrying up to two ounces of the drug unless there were aggravating factors.
Among them: having a significant criminal record or smoking in some public places or around children.
That is the will of the district attorney, over police objections. But what is the will of the people?
We unscientifically surveyed a dozen passers-by in front of the D.A.’s office and a police station.
A large majority backed the policy.
MORE NEWS OF THE WORLD OVER (SELF) JUSTICE AND COLLEGE COVER UP ASSAULTS OVER FEMALE STUDENTS IN AMERICA
26 people killed in airstrikes on Gaza since start of Israel’s « Operation Protective Edge, » Palestinian officials say, CNN is reporting « Rockets and missiles fly; Israel prepares for possible Gaza ground operation ».
— Airstrikes have killed 46 people in Gaza since Israel’s military offensive started Monday, Palestinian officials say.
AMERICA THE APPALLING TRUTH : FOR AMERICAN WOMEN, THE PRICE OF COLLEGE COMES WITH A ONE-IN-FIVE CHANCE OF BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. UNBELIEVABLE !
A Letter from Kirsten Gillibrand
What’s more, many colleges and universities are failing to hold assailants accountable: Some survivors drop out of college altogether while their attackers graduate, and others are forced to attend classes and live in dormitories alongside their assailants. That’s a far cry from the safe environment our students deserve.
We have to put a stop to this, and I am currently working on legislation to combat the problem. But right now, one of the most pressing issues we face is lack of awareness about this nationwide crisis.
Click here to get the facts in our new infographic and share it to spread the word. Let’s call attention to this epidemic so we can change the debate and ensure that institutions fulfill their basic responsibility to protect our students.
Thank you for taking the time to learn. This issue is so important, and I’m so grateful you will join me in standing with college students across our country.
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