On 11th December, the Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP addressed Politeia on the future of the jury system in England and Wales.
Dominic Grieve analysed the strengths of the jury system, endorsed Professor Cheryl Thomas’s proposal to tackle the problem posed by the internet, and made clear that searching the internet for information about a trial amounts to contempt of court which is punishable by imprisonment.
On Tuesday 22nd October The Rt Hon Frank Field, MP, launched Politeia's new economic series Paying for the Future: Contributory or Tax funded Systems? at the Oxford and Cambridge Club.*
The 2013-14 series aims to consider the principles and policies needed for successful pension systems at a time of demographic change, escalating aspiration and ever tighter public finances.
Mr Field, Labour’s MP for Birkenhead, and a former Minister for Welfare Reform, discussed the economic and fiscal background which will increasingly shape welfare. He suggested that future governments will be obliged to limit public spending to around c.40 per cent of GDP. To meet peoples' aspiration for security, he:
Rt Hon Frank Field MP to launch his new Politeia study on Wednesday September 11th.
Politeia's Breaking the Mould series continued with an address by Martin Howe QC on 25th June. Politeia will shortly publish a pamphlet by Mr Howe to explore the issues further.
Across the European Union, the problems posed by the Eurozone crisis and the growing dominance of EU government over national states have prompted growing proportions of voters to question the EU project. Here in Britain, as the Prime Minister prepares to renegotiate the UK's formal relationship with the EU, some cabinet colleagues warn that things can not remain as they are.
What principles should guide the UK during negotiations?
What areas of mutual interest, if any, should be covered in addition e.g. to the aim of free trade in goods and services?
- What legal and constitutional framework would be best for the UK's national interest?
Solicitor General Oliver Heald QC, MP addressed Politeia on Tuesday 11th June
Human Trafficking threatens the liberties of millions every year and is seen as a new form of slavery.
Over recent years, there has been a growing international consensus that a global response to human trafficking is needed. The Criminal Justice System has an important role to play in tackling this crime. Already prosecutors in this country are taking steps to prevent and deter such trafficking, whether it occurs here or abroad.
On 11th June, the Solicitor General Oliver Heald MP* addressed Politeia on how the Justice System in the UK is working to tackle human trafficking.
The event marks the opening of Politeia’s 2013-14 Legal Series.