June 25, 2014
House of Lords, Internet Media
Africa, Australia, British Empire, Church, Church of England, England, Jehovah's Witnesses, United States
English: A map of the British Empire in 1921 when it was at its height. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
7.57 pm – 09 June 2014 – Column 207 – Hansard Publications
Lord James of Blackheath (Con): My Lords, I have indicated previously the impact that forced migration has had upon my family. We had in the Queen’s Speech a Bill for dealing with the abuse of children and the intention to bring forward better controls over trafficking. Those are closely connected. This country has a terrible record in its handling of the migration of its own subjects. It has combined the most appalling suffering of children with the most appalling lack of management of the migration process to get the worst of every world. There should be no smugness around these two initiatives going forward. It is a very small penance to pay for a very big crime.
It started in 1682. The first migration in this country happened when one of the early colonies in North America was raided by the Indians, who took all 84 of its children and would not give them back. No one knows what happened to them. The colony sent a communication back to England by the first available boat saying, “Look, we have no children and therefore no future. Send us some children”. The Mayor of London was asked to deal with it and he did. He sent his beadles out on to the streets of London and took the first 84 vagrant kids he could find. He sent them down to a boat at Rotherhithe and sent them to America. He told the captain that he could pay for the trip by taking the kids out and bringing it back with a load of tobacco on board and that would pay for it, and it did. Unfortunately, it created the precedent of making it seem that trafficking these children was profitable, which it was. More
April 18, 2014
Child 'care', Child 'Protection', Internet Media
Bowling, Early Day Motion, Emyr, England, Lincolnshire, Member of Parliament, Member of the European Parliament, Pedro
Ever since I began to publish cases as stories, I had to notice that public accountability is lacking so sadly and seriously.
I now think that only new bodies of governance can provide the necessary overview. They need to cut across all corridors of power and have one aim of unison: ethics and justice.
ETHICS and JUSTICE PANELS for PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY should comprise
- local councillors to ensure that their employees do the right thing;
- regional representatives to ensure consistency across councils;
- MPs to ensure national cohesion and feedback;
- MEPs to enforce compliance with international treaties.
In the wake of Brussels, where we, as the Association of McKenzie Friends presented our petition to Abolish Adoptions without Parental Consent, we have the bad news of:
Before going to Brussels, his contact was cut short from 90 to 45 minutes, after Emyr told his children he’d be going to Brussels.
Upon his return, John Hemming MP published this Early Day Motion in defence of of the Pedros and Emyr:
The other day, Emyr turned up for contact to celebrate his son’s birthday.
- They never turned up at Contact.
- Anne Grace SS Manager tried to say she did not know anything about it.
Police were informed that they were in breach of an order twice. More
March 21, 2014
Child 'care', Child 'Protection', Child abduction, Mainstream Media, McKenzie Friends
Brussels, England, EU Parliament, European Parliament, Grantham, McKenzie Friend, Police officer, Police station
I wrote about the Pedros who were with us in Brussels on their site.
The photos I took between St. Pancras, the EU Parliament and back in St. Pancras are on https://www.facebook.com/sabine.k.mcneill/photos_all
And the phone call from Grantham Police Station came at 8.51 this morning to ask whether I can come up to represent them.
Or will they have to accept the ‘duty solicitor’ because we are not registered in the National Call Centre, because we work ‘pro bono’, i.e. for the common good rather than for money? The Police Officer called me ‘rude’ when I suggested he seemed to stumble over the term ‘McKenzie Friend‘.
We made history without knowing what the future will be: in Brussels and now at the Police Station in Grantham where the Pedros’ children were held for 72 hours after they were snatched in April 2013.
- Just like with the Muas, allegations were fabricated after the snatch;
- subsequent admissions by the oldest 12-year-old boy to have lied were ignored – just as his letters to the judge;
- the consent for adoption was dispensed with ‘in the interest of the children’ – that’s why I presented Abolish Adoptions without Parental Consent to the Petitions Committee of the EU Parliament. More
December 6, 2013
Association of Chief Police Officers
ACPO, Association of Chief Police Officers, England, Government, Home-Office, Nick Parker, Police, Police and Crime Commissioner
From Parliament’s Lords Debates yesterday, 05 December 2013 with links and bullet points added:
Police: Independent Police Commission Report
Moved by Lord Harris of Haringey
PLEASE SEE THE SPEECHES THAT FOLLOWED BEFORE LORD LYTTON ROSE TO HIS FEET
and particularly that by Lady A Harris on Forensic experts etc
The Earl of Lytton (CB): My Lord, I too welcome the opportunity to debate this report. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Harris of Haringey, for that and to the noble Lord, Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, for his work and for the work of his commission members as far as it goes.
We can all agree that good policing is of vital importance to all of us. My starting point is the historic understanding that policing would not be subject to political interference but would be self-governing. This meant that the police were also self-co-ordinating and self-managing in policy and operational terms.
The Association of Chief Police Officers—ACPO—effectively moved into that role as the embodiment of senior ranks, guardians of its professionalism and integrity and of police management. That embodiment remains pivotal. It advises the Home Office, represents Britain abroad in Interpol and Europol and co-ordinates the 43 police forces across England and Wales. In this role it issues guidance, directions and advice which carry great authority and are used in legal proceedings. It seems to me still to have a controlling if no longer a monopoly influence in the College of Policing and thereby a major say in policy, while retaining operational matters to itself. Its members and directors are senior police officers.
Given this unique and authoritative pan-police oversight, why do we continue to see instances of widespread and critical failings, More
September 4, 2013
Corruption, McKenzie Friends, Meetup
Arts and Entertainment, England, Hertfordshire, Labour, McKenzie Friend, St Alban, West Virginia, WSAZ-TV
I’m using the superb platform www.meetup.com to support people in their court hearings. It’s VERY important for the Court to see ‘bodies’, for supporters to network, for victims to know that they are not alone and for bloggers to spread the word online.
Please visit http://www.meetup.com/victims-unite/ for this special kind of ‘activism’ or learning to become a McKenzie Friend.
The first hearing on 10 September is to support Michael Doherty in St. Albans.
The second one on 13 September to support Brian Pead in Norfolk.