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Jack Straw and ‘so-called civil liberties lawyers’. The Home Secretary this week moved his attack from the people who clean BMW windscreens at traffic lights to those who drive them. In a speech to the Police Superintendents’ Association, Straw accused lawyers of “‘running a campaign’ against his plans for anti-social behaviour orders. ‘They represent the […]

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