Today started so promisingly. As I pottered in the early morning sunshine, checking on the progress of the beetroot and broad beans, yesterday’s toddler-targets were a million miles away. “I will stay calm today,” I thought. And then I saw this:
The police are to set up “retail jails” on high streets and in busy shopping malls to detain yobs and other offenders for up to four hours under Home Office proposals published yesterday.
Talks are under way to open the first of these short-term holding cells in Selfridges department store on Oxford Street in London. The five purpose-built rooms would be smaller than normal cells and made of Perspex so that suspects are visible.
Ah, so out of the window (again) goes Art 40 of the UNCRC:
Every child alleged as or accused of having infringed the penal law has at least the following guarantees:…To have his or her privacy fully respected at all stages of the proceedings.
And this is chilling:
The consultation paper goes on to ask whether there is scope to “remove the operational constraints” on inputting DNA, fingerprint and photographs into other anti-crime databases.
And they’re seriously thinking of putting fingerprints and DNA profiles on them? Dear God.