Detainees in Afghanistan: Why are our soldiers allowed more secrets than our spies?

In honour of David Beatson and after the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security’s report into our spies’ work in Afghanistan, I’m re-surfacing some of Beatson’s posts from 2008 and 2009 asking questions about how our soldiers handled detainees

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The best way through to the end of life

Conscience and consultation are good paths through the mire of emotional and controversial policies such as euthanasia. But referendums are key to ensuring voters are heard

The End of Life bill has been read a second time and is now heading for the House for further debate. Personally, I support the proposal. I don't ever expect to take advantage of the Bill's provisions myself, but as I see this is it my life – inasmuch as it is possible, how I end it should be my decision and mine alone. 

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The emergence of the Third Way: From Douglas to Clark (via Clinton & Co)

In part three, after the new right revolution of the 1980s, social democratic parties such as Labour were searching their souls. Then came new ideas and new 'third way' leaders such as Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, with answers to the identity crisis

First way – the state, Keynesian demand management, the working class as the base of support. Second way – free-market, reduce the scope of the state and cut taxes, relative indifference to social justice. Third Way – well that's the question.

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Let's keep things in proportion, shall we?

Would permitting terminally ill people to obtain a consenting doctor's help to end their life really undermine our entire system of law? Yeah ... nah.

Grant Illingworth QC is concerned that if David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill is enacted, we somehow would be breaching the social contract on which our entire system of law rests.

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