Nomination for a vacant plinth

Quite rightly and not before time a number of plinths that supported some abominable racist representatives of British imperialism are now vacant. Whilst the statue of Bristol’s slave trader Edward Colston has been dredged up from Bristol Harbour for its second coming as a museum exhibit, Ray Barnett, head of collections and archives at Bristol City Council, said. “The ropes that were tied around him, the spray paint added to him, is still there so we’ll keep him like that.”

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Holding Government to account – it’s time to stop the power grab

“If elected on 12 December”, I wrote on 26 November 2019 in my blog The Tory manifesto – an Executive ‘power grab’ – we have been warned” will a new Tory government unleash an attack on some of the democratic traditions we have taken for granted for many years? After all, during the last parliament there were frequent attacks on MPs’ attempts to hold the government to account over Brexit because, as representatives of the people, they wanted to have a final say on the proposed withdrawal deal and taking ‘no deal’ off the table. A case of the Commons ‘taking back control’ you might say.”

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Illness forces Assange to miss court hearing

Julian Assange was too ill to attend the latest court hearing in his extradition case at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 1 June. The hearing which is described as procedural, heard from Julian’s barrister, Edward Fitzgerald QC that his client did not appear by video link because he was unwell. The court had previously heard that Mr Assange had received medical advice that using the prison facility could raise his risk of coronavirus infection.

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