No justice for the poor in UK

Magistrate resigns "No Justice for poor in UK"

Bridgnorth Magistrate has resigned sighting inequality for the poor in the justice system. Here is his letter published in the i newspaper on the subject.

I have today given my resignation as a magistrate as I can no longer abide by the judicial oath “will do right to all manner of people after the laws and usages of this realm, without fear or favour, affection or ill will”. At my last sitting, I sat on two cases. One involved a theft of £5.86 and resulted in a financial penalty of £385 for an unemployed young mart. The second was an unemployed young man who put excessive toilet roll down a police cell toilet and ended up with a total financial penalty of £410. The ridiculous sums are down to the crazy new court charges.

After more than 21 years as magistrate, I am very afraid that these new court charges are going to destroy ordinary people’s conception of a fair British judicial system. Those facing any kind of court charge will now weigh up very carefully what a court appearance could cost them, irrespective of whether they believe they actually committed the alleged offence. Alleged offenders in Shropshire now travel vast distances regardless of their means or ability to get to court.

The British judicial system was based on the bedrock that justice must not only be done but be seen to be done. It should not be the case that justice should be done only to those who are rich enough to afford it.


The Lib Dem Group on Shropshire Council have become the latest group to put pressure on Teresa May the Home Secretary over the issue of recruiting extra nurses for Shropshire hospitals.

Deputy Leader of the Group, Cllr Charlotte Barnes (Bishops Castle) said: "Shropshire Hospitals are facing serious shortages of nurses and are effectively unable to recruit outside the UK. We have received an urgent plea for all elected representatives to write to Teresa May asking that she does two things – recognise that we have a shortage and change the points system for nurses so that they are given priority.

"Its unfortunate that we never seem to get nursing training right in the UK. Only a few years ago a colleague of mine's newly qualified daughter couldn't get a job because there we too many nurses being trained. We now find ourselves in the same situation as the 1990s with too few.

"The upshot of this is that Health Trusts up and down the Country, including Shropshire, are having to spend millions on agency staff because of the lack of joined up thinking in the Government. We simply cannot let this impasse continue.

"What are hospitals to do if the process of employing staff from Europe and countries outside the EU makes recruitment nearly impossible? The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust have asked for support in raising this issue with the Minister and we have willingly done that."

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Tories strike huge blow to green industry

Tories strike huge blow to green industry

Source: Lib Dems Tories strike huge blow to green industry

Ministers have scrapped the Government’s flagship Green Deal home energy efficiency programme as part of their austerity drive.

Source: Independent  David Cameron’s ‘greenest Government ever’ has just axed the Green Deal

When David Cameron went to the Arctic to establish his green credentials most people in the know , at best hoped it was true or at worst scoffed at the trip publicity stunt. This announcement shows that it was only the Lib Dems in Government that were pushing the Green Agenda. The Conservatives continue to show their true colours.

Shropshire Council accused of wasting money – BBC News

A council is accused of wasting money after it was revealed it was renting offices for workers a few miles away from its headquarters.

Liberal Democrat Charlotte Barnes said the staff could work out of Shirehall.

Mrs Barnes said Shirehall had plenty of room for extra staff.

“We are working really hard to make all these savings, cuts people are finding really difficult to bear, and yet we are giving council money away when we have buildings we could house these people in,” she said.

Source: Shropshire Council accused of wasting money – BBC News

Well said Charlotte! It really is absurd to waste hard earned public money on office space when you already have space to accommodate them.