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Unnecessary checks are a crime – and should be reported to the police

To paraphrase Ken Livingstone, if legislation changed anything it would become illegal. The aptness of that phrase should surprise no one observing the mad world of vetting checks. As the Manifesto Club’s recent report shows, little has changed despite the Protection of Freedoms Act. Unnecessary criminal record checks

Jim MacVeigh’s Pros and Cons: A review

Review by Richard, Co-editor True to its title, MacVeigh’s Pros and Cons crawls through the gutters of Bristol’s red light district, deprived estates and seedy inner-city bed-sits in a tale of misogynistic murders, street prostitution and drugs. Almost all of the female characters are on the game

It’s a long time a-comin’

IanC  Like an addict seeking their fix, the highs (and lows) of debating LASPO continue. Will it, won’t it? When? “I heard that . . .” and “I read on a website . . .” There follows a brief recap for those enraptured with government promises and

“Every Saint has a Past, Every Sinner a Future”

Marilyn Wisbey My father played a part in the biggest robbery, in 1963. A moving train was held up and 2 and a half million pounds was taken in cash, was on its way to be burnt, 16 robbers were caught after, and Mr Big remains free.

Artist, Ex-Con…and a Real Hero

Erica Crompton A man with a criminal record who turned his back on a life of crime thanks to the power of art has seen his blooming brilliant work in the frame for the first time as part of an Olympic-themed campaign. Of reform, freelance artist Richard

Damaged and beyond repair

IanC A long time ago, when governments were still trying to work out ways to control mass populations, along came communism. This took the view that only the elite could control the masses. By the twenties and thirties, whole sections of the top UK Universities were filled

Every house a home

Kazuri Kazuri holistically addresses the housing needs of women, now we need you to engage… Whitehall generated, generic housing policy fails vulnerable women already marginalised and disenfranchised by society. Existing mainstream policy encourages a culture of dependence because it looks at the client’s needs in isolation against

Clean Break

Lisa Jones I was born in Somerset to a fairly normal family, youngest out of five. It was a nice upbringing and materially we were okay. Initially I went to state school. But I started getting into trouble at 11 and 12 years old, smoking cannabis and

The day I lost my Id

Sarah Hastings The Freudian definition of id is the unorganized part of the personality structure that contains a human’s basic, instinctual drives. Life happens. Well at least we say it does. Truth is, life did just keep happening – to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not

Sarah’s Bag

Sarah’s Bag produce and sell feminine, fresh, and fashionable bags. For the past 11 years, owner Sarah Beydoun has made it her mission to work with women prisoners, providing them with opportunities that result in a steady income and a stable job after their release. Sarah realised

Martina Cole – Q&A

Farah Damji Martina Cole – the crime writer who “tells it like it really is” – was born and brought up in Essex. She is the bestselling author of fourteen novels set in London’s gangland, and her most recent three paperbacks have gone straight to No. 1

Life’s Stretches and Turns

Carlotta Allum I was born in Milan, but lived for my formative years in Manchester. My mum is Italian and a doctor although she couldn’t practice in the UK and my dad was a university lecturer. It was quite a liberal upbringing – I’m the youngest of