EARL OF LYTTON on behalf of Victims of White Collar Crimes – comments on the Queen’s Speech

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14 06 13 Earl of LyttonThis precious text came from Len Lawrence, the air pilot poisoned by organophosphates that killed thousands of farmers. George Wescott happened to have survived and accompanied Len to a meeting of Parliamentarians where, at long last, organophosphates were on the agenda.

This excerpt regarding white collar crimes on the occasion of the Queen’s Speech dates from Hansard on 09 June 2014.

The Earl of Lytton (Crossbench)

My Lords, the gracious Speech refers to a fairer society. The Minister mentioned the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, and rightly referred to the importance of the rule of law. However, I start with the Home Secretary’s address to the Police Federation on 21 May. She made a welcome promise of better protection for whistleblowers in the police. People such as James Patrick have put their entire careers on the line for the truth. However, the proposed new offence of police corruption is otiose. We already have laws enough on our statute books, although of course police co-operation in investigating themselves may be in doubt.

The Home Secretary suggested that leaving police operations unfettered would resist political pressures but that, to me, means inadequate oversight despite the beefing up of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. Operations at the front line will always trump policy. We still have many questions but few answers to the points raised about police culture and operations. A senior judge has recently questioned the objectivity of that other safeguard, the IPCC, as mentioned by the noble Baroness, Lady Smith of Basildon.

Under anti-social behaviour legislation, the police have virtually untrammelled and incontestable powers. They decide ab initio who they think is the guilty party. The rampantly one-sided exercise of these in a case involving a Sussex MP has been corroborated by cases in South Wales, Devon and Cornwall, Thames Valley and, in the most recent, from Hampshire, police evidence seems to have been total fiction. I have been shown custody records altered post hoc to refer falsely to a more serious offence of violence. I have seen manifestly concocted properties for legal photographs used to procure convictions in magistrates’ courts. This I now find is very easy to do, and applies also to CCTV and audio files. This material is increasingly used as evidence in court proceedings. All that is required is slackness by witnesses and prosecution, and the guidance of ACPO on digital evidence to be ignored, and you have a recipe for misleading the court.

I learn of serious failure of prosecution to disclose documents as required, and of failure of defence teams and judges to ensure compliance. The Attorney-General’s recent guidance identifies this as a threat to a fair trial. I hear of documents that are unsigned or undated, possibly even forged, being accepted by the courts, and a failure to safeguard the interests of people under rulings from the Court of Protection.

Much of this is ongoing, with frequent accounts of files lost, court records deleted or unavailable, police notes absent or officer amnesia in the witness box. A solicitor categorised this for me as “gaming” the provisions of Section 117 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, because a police witness cannot be cross-examined on something he has forgotten, and if the only other evidence is documentary or electronic, however faulty, then that must stand unless the defence can have the evidence struck out: effectively a reversal of the burden of proof. It would also appear from a recent BBC “File on 4” programme that these and allied manipulation of rules of evidence and procedure continue at the highest administrative and professional levels.

Withdrawing most legal aid—a principle I applaud as a general concept—but without rendering the system of justice accessible and affordable to normal folk, as mentioned by the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, seems to be a flawed policy. I question why two legal experts are required to represent a criminal defendant. However, if undeserving types were gaming the legal aid budget beforehand, we now appear to have police and prosecution gaming the procedures to the detriment of fair trials. Add these together and we have a situation once described to my father by his lawyer as follows: “Where there is muddle and confusion, dishonesty follows close behind”. I try to remember that.

Once an offence, police notification or occasion of arrest is established, the details go into a police computer system. The citizen does not have rights, or certainly has no adequate rights, to gain access to or check that for accuracy, yet may find material regurgitated at some future date in proceedings, shared with other agencies or disclosed in a CRB check. Necessary protections before the law remain inadequate, open to abuse, and are being manipulated to the unfair disadvantage for defendants in criminal proceedings in particular. This erodes trust in a vital sector of public administration. That imperils the rule of law and ultimately, the stability of society. Oversight must be restored. Senior law officers within the Government have long been aware of the situation, so why no action?

We should not be complacent or wag our finger at other jurisdictions, while all the while corrupt practices infect our own affairs. The Government need to act now—or if not this one, now, then a new one in 2015.

RESTORING PUBLIC CONFIDENCE in Police and Judiciary? Only with the aid of Experienced Investigators!

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14 02 05 EU Anti-CorruptionEnough is enough! People see through the spin, charades and farcical fob-offs.

They are taking their power back:

  • www.ExposedPolice.com publishes News, Corruption and Misconduct
  • www.upsd.co.uk – the unProfessional Standards Department of West Yorkshire Police is a group of experienced investigators who have come together to fight police incompetence, misconduct or criminality that lead to miscarriages of justice.

By way of example, here’s a copy of an email to all MPs:

Commission unveils first EU Anti-Corruption Report

For each of these areas, the Report suggests solutions, based on a careful assessment of each Member State. They include:

  • better accountability and integrity standards;
  • control mechanisms in public authorities;
  • dealing with conflicts of interests by officials;
  • how to address corruption at local level and in state-owned companies
  • the effectiveness of courts and police, and protection mechanisms for whistleblowers;
  • limiting risks of bribery in foreign countries, and making lobbying more transparent;
  • And – developing innovative e-tools to enhance transparency.

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#ACPO #IPCC Experienced Victims, Savour this account from the Lords yesterday!

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From Parliament’s Lords Debates yesterday, 05 December 2013 with links and bullet points added:

Police: Independent Police Commission Report

Motion to Take Note

4.11 pm

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

5.29 pm
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

BROKEN BRITAIN: 17th on the Transparency International Corruption Index while falsifying statistics on rape and child abuse…

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13 11 23 Broken Britain

This illustration and blog post come from Political Cleanup. The excellent editor writes:

A ‘favour culture’ must be restricted to those at the top -
and includes the link to the Transparency International world corruption index.

No 1 is the least corrupt country: New Zealand, followed by Denmark, Finland and Sweden. The USA are no 18 after the UK in place 17, sharing the score with Japan. The question is, of course, how do you measure corruption?

E.g. is the falsification of crime statistics taken into account? The number of women raped and children abused? The number of children dying in ‘care’?

13 11 22 Crime Statistics_0002Here is a report on the falsification of crime statistics that Maurice J Kirk BVSc sent from HMP Cardiff. He’s been held ‘on remand’ – among ‘lifers’ who burgle his cell regularly – all to cover up:

  1. oodles of incidents by South Wales Police – denied and lied about
  2. culminating in striking him off the Register of Veterinary Surgeons – only possible with the aid of corrupt lawyers
  3. and getting him locked up in Caswell Clinic for some seven months – only possible with the aid of a corrupt clinic director
  4. who produced a false medical report to get him locked away for good in the High Security Prison Ashworth.

Maurice continues to strive to be ‘put right’. His latest attempt is the request for a transfer to English prison, English court and an English police force.  More

EXCEPTIONAL and extreme cases of maladministration and mismanagement?

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How do you compare injustice, fraud, failures of ‘the system’ and explain the width of the gap between the Rule of Law (and correctness) and the Rule of Money (and corruption)?

Victims Unite started in August 2010 by publishing individual cases that were begun on Enforcement of Bank of England Act 1694. Since then I

  • accompanied some 50 general and another 50 or so cases in family courts
  • posted 474 articles
  • and 815 followers are reading regularly about ‘us’, the victims turning into starfighters, campaigners, online activists and McKenzie Friends and ‘them’, the ‘public service’ organisations ranging from police, prison, courts, the House of Commons and House of Lords to the Government in Downing Street.

13 08 31 statsToday, the 250,000 mark of visitors will be passed. And I am sorry to say that the only thing that has improved is my ability to ‘see through’ what’s happening more and more:

  • public officials commit white collar crimes
  • they deny and lie
  • they cover each other
  • they commit more crimes to cover up.

No matter which ‘case’ comes before courts, no matter which story I try to publish, no matter who tries to get justice and compensation, it’s never a level playing field, for there is always one individual that is being victimised by many officials who are ‘just doing their job’.  More

DEAR MR CAMERON, Take a Lead and Return our Stolen Children: Request by Protesters and Petitioners

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20130722_154923A folder of support summarising the protests and petitions was handed over to No. 10. The appointment was given to the organisers of S.C.O.T. UK – Stolen Children of the UK.

Here’s our letter to the Prime Minister.

And here’s the executive summary:

Return Our Stolen Children–Request by Protesters and Petitioners

STOLEN CHILDREN OF THE UK – S.C.O.T. UK[1] is the campaigning group that, for the second time organised a national demo outside Downing Street. A one-week protest culminates in handing over signatures collected on- and off-line.

Parents are traumatised by the separation from their children and the subsequent bureaucratic and judicial procedures they have to endure – to maintain a tiny bit of contact, which eventually may end in ‘forced adoption[2], the irreversible ‘change of ownership’ or permanent foster ‘care’ – whether in homes or with private individuals who make fostering a new career – at generally £400 per week and child.

By protesting together, parents experience great comfort from sharing their pain. But their anger is also palpable. For nothing makes sense: More

THE FORENSICS of Legal Fraud – across Bankruptcies, Poisoning, Child Snatching and Court of Protection

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Too Big to Fail

It takes bad intentions to commit a crime. And it takes ‘people in high places’ to cover it up.

In David Fabb’s case it was Deloittes. In Chris Coomber’s case it is Ernst & Young, or rather the Global Head of Business Restructuring aka ‘theft by insolvencies’. Kenneth Clarke‘s Insolvency Department couldn’t be convinced of our arguments and evidence at the time. In any case, they don’t ‘deal with individual cases’…

Deloittes and Ernst & Young are two of the ‘big four’ accountancy firms that are ‘too big to fail’. Prem Sikka, professor of accountancy at the University of Essex, writes regularly in The Guardian about their shortcomings. For they are not too big to steal and to commit fraud! Because they can always hide behind ‘corporate firewalls’, i.e. nobody is responsible, until directors of companies are taken to account.

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