Man Arrested Over Abusive Tweets To Feminist Campaigner

After the feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez received abuse and rape threats via Twitter, the man who sent them was arrested.

As it was announced that the image of Elizabeth Fry on the £5 note would be replaced by that of Winston Churchill, Ms Criado-Perez began a petition claiming that the Bank of England had to add the image of a woman to a UK banknote.

Right after the changes considering the face of Churchill were introduced, it became evident that the author of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, would replace Charles Darwin on the £10 note.

These are good news for all women but Ms Criado-Perez received a torrent of sexist abuse on Twitter. By the way, please make yourself aware of our Computer-E-mail-Internet Usage Policy template

In her words the abusive tweets were about 50 for just 12 hours. In some of the messages she read threats of raping and killing her. It seems that some of the men who threatened her have created accounts on Twitter with the only aim to harass her.

Yesterday, a man was arrested in Manchester in relation to an allegation of malicious communications made in Camden on Thursday.

Twitter faced harsh criticism on the way they answered to Ms Criado-Perez to call for the social network to introduce a “Report Abuse” button.

“It’s sadly not unusual to get this kind of abuse but I’ve never seen it get as intense or aggressive as this,” she said. “It’s infuriating that the price you pay for standing up for women is 24 hours of rape threats.”

She supported her words by the fact that the Bank of England had changed its mind so Twitter could do the same.



Former Undercover Police Officer Reveals Attempts To Smear Stephen Lawrence Campaign

The Prime Minister David Cameron insisted on an investigation considering the rumors that police attempted to discredit the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, which is against many laws and HR policies.

A former undercover police officer called Peter Francis gave interviews for the Guardian and Channel 4 claiming he was told he had to infiltrate the campaign to get justice for Stephen Lawrence in order to gather “any intelligence that could have smeared the campaign”.

He added he was a part of the police plan aiming to turn public’s view against the campaign.

“I wasn’t successful, no SDS officer was successful, in finding anything really concrete. It was really just a bit of hearsay, tittle-tattle.”

What else Francis gave away was that police monitored the Lawrence family home so that it had concrete information about how the campaign would proceed.

In his words Met police had been “scared” of the campaign.

The mother of Stephen shared that all the members of her family had thought there was something wrong in the intentions of the police .

“Somebody sitting somewhere, calculating what, you know, what they’d be doing to look at and infiltrate our family. It’s like we’re treated as if to say we’re not human beings.”

A spokesman for No 10 announced that the Prime Minister was “deeply concerned” of these rumors and insisted on an immediate investigation.

Jack Straw, the former secretary said this matter had to be referred to the IPCC so that it could become evident who had ordered all this.

In October 2011 an independent investigation was launched against a separate undercover officer but there are still no results.

Report Calls For Reckless Bankers To Face Criminal Charges

A resent report stated that senior bankers who commit reckless misconduct should face criminal charges and should be forced to fill in a great variety of legal documents, explaining their actions.

The view of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards on this matter is that bankers in top positions should clearly lay down their responsibilities and in case of ignoring them they need to be sanctioned with prison sentences. HR policies should be applied here, as well.

The intention of these changes is to put an end to the tendency of people standing higher in the hierarchy to deny taking wrong decisions.

“Too many bankers, especially at the most senior levels, have operated in an environment with insufficient personal responsibility,” claims the report.

It also says these knew there would not be any consequences for their actions as they used either ignorance as an excuse or the fact that decisions had not been taken individually so no single person could be blamed.

The length of the report is 571 pages. There are many other recommendations trying to help the banking sector remedy its situation.

One of the suggestions towards banks is to change the way they estimate the bankers’ bonuses. The latter should not be deferred with more than ten years. When the time comes they have to be based on the work of the bank during this period.

This way, errant bankers would not be able to get their bonuses.

Another point in this report suggests that a new set of banking regulations has to be accepted. These would apply to such people whose position permits them to cause severe harm to the bank.

The Treasury has commented: “Where legislation is needed, we have said we will support it, and the banking bill currently before Parliament can be amended to ensure they are quickly enacted.”


Super-jails Should Replace Run-Down Prisons – Policy Exchange

A recent report announced that 30 of the old prisons have to be replaced by 12 “super-jails” gathering thousands of prisoners.

According to ex-Ministry of Justice Deputy director Kevin Lockyer this would save £600m annually but the Prison Reform Trust claims that spending money on gigantic jails would be a huge mistake.

Deputy Director said that the appearance and the functioning of the new prisoners would be just like those of campuses.

He suggested the closing of Brixton, Feltham, Holloway, Pentonville, Wandsworth and Wormwood Scrubs, which will lead to a high demand of legal documents- especially employment documents and HR policies.

In his words with the changes proposed the prison budget would save about 20% and the budget of Ministry of Justice would save 9%.

Mr Lockyer said: “In fact, newer prisons outperform older ones, regardless of their size. New hub prisons will not only reduce reoffending and improve safety, they will also deliver vast financial savings and better value for money for the taxpayer.”

He stated the decision of the problem was not trying to reduce the number of prisoners and jails but thinking more carefully about the cutting of cost per prisoner.

The report pointed out that almost a quarter of the prisons were built in the Victorian era and most of the others were built in the 1960s and 1970s. The money for the new prisoners needs to come as borrowings from the public sector.

On the other hand, Juliet Lyon Prison Reform Trust director declared taxpayers’ money should not be spent on super-sized jails as the rates of crimes and reoffending were falling. She added that prison governors, prison inspectors and prison officers also did not like the idea.

“There is scope to close some outdated prisons and reinvest the money saved into effective community solutions to crime.”


SRA with New Leniency Policy for Whistleblowers

According to new SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) proposals, whistleblowers, involved in misconduct will face lighter penalties.

A consultation on the introduction of co-operation agreements has been launched today by the SRA. According to those legal agreements, solicitors, who might have been involved in misconduct, but report  others` misconduct and help the investigation, will face lenient sanctions. This consultation will run until the 23rd of January.

The SRA intends to enter co-operation agreements not only with solicitors, but also witnesses, who may be facing regulatory difficulties. They will be required to disclose and report anything they know and even witness in court, if necessary. In return, their own conduct will be dealt as defined in the agreement.

The SRA plans, aiming to encourage people to disclose to the SRA , follow the example given by Financial Services Authority and their leniency scheme, which increased almost twice the calls to its whistleblowing line.

SRA director for legal and enforcement David Middleton said: ‘We anticipate cases in which potential witnesses who are worried about their own position will be more likely to come forward if there is potential certainty of regulatory outcome for them and an element of leniency consistent with the public interest.’

In addition Middleton said ‘Respondents to investigations are already aware that the early correction of problems and co-operating generally with us can significantly mitigate any failures on their part. ‘Earlier identification of problems could reduce the impact on clients and the compensation fund or insurers, so co-operation agreements would be another step forward in encouraging disclosure and co-operation.’

This aimed to underline that the proposed approach did not “water down” the requirements of the regulated community to report misconduct,

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