An open letter to the Lord Chancellor

An open letter to the Lord Chancellor The Right Hon Chris Grayling MP Ministry of Justice 102 Petty France London SW1H 9AJ 28th May 2013 Dear Lord Chancellor, Your colleague, the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Maria Miller MP,…

The shocking outcome to Aussie radio station royal pregnancy prank

A radio station presenter called a female journalist a “fat slag”, live on air. Another presenter at the same station pressured a 14 year old girl, also live on air, to confirm that she had been raped. For both of these breaches the regulator imposed…

The Leveson Inquiry Report – Live Blog

The Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press Live-Blog: Please publicise http://drakene.ws/leveson-report. 1701 The Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition are now meeting for talks aimed at building a consensus approach to the Leveson Inquiry Report and its…

Pakistan urged to stop blasphemy law’s ‘massive human-rights violations’

Pakista is being urged to set up a commission to investigate the “tragic consequences” of its blasphemy law and “suggest a way out of this difficult and embarrassing situation”. The call came in a communiqué issued on 19 September by the World Council of Churches…

Medieval monuments targeted by thieves

Medieval monuments have been stolen from four churches in the south Midlands this year. This has led to the suggestion that an organised gang may be stealing items to order. One of six reredos panels was stolen during a break-in at St Peter’s, Drayford, near…

Liverpool Cathedral hears of Hillsborough blunders

New inquests for the 96 Liverpool supporters killed in the Hillsborough disaster could be held after an independent panel, chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd James Jones, revealed that 41 of the victims might have survived with better medical care. The panel…

‘Bigot’ slip coincides with further same-sex rows

Teachers could face disciplinary action, including dismissal, if they fail to endorse same-sex marriage, suggests legal advice published by the pressure group Coalition for Marriage. The warning came in the week when the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, briefly labelled opponents of the Government’s same-sex…

British Government lawyer: No religious discrimination at work if Christians can resign

Christians cannot claim that they have suffered religious discrimination at work if they have the freedom to resign and look for another job, a British-government lawyer told the European Court of Human Rights this week. James Eadie QC made his comments as he outlined the…

Church lawyers to review advice to PCCs on chancel repair liability

Church lawyers are to review their advice to PCCs on Chancel Repair Liability (CRL), after the case in Broadway, Worcestershire, where the Charity Commission ruled that it would be “reasonable” for the parish not to register liability against 30 householders. Under recent legislative changes, PCCs…

Strasbourg to hear religious-discrimination cases

The European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, will next week hear the cases of four British people who claim that they lost their jobs as a result of discrimination against their Christian beliefs. Two of the cases concern the right to manifest religious belief,…