Is the Knife-Crime Changes Really Fair?

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that he did not approve of “headline-grabbing” legal changes to knife-crime laws in the United Kingdom despite the death of schoolteacher Ann Maguire, who was stabbed in her classroom and passed away. While we may all condemn Mr. Clegg for his statement and apparent insensitivity, awarding six months of jail time for anybody found with a knife, even a penknife, is not really right.

But my opinion changed when Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and several supporters of the change indicated that without criminal intent, nobody, even cub scouts and tradesmen wielding penknifes, could be arrested for six months.

However, is it really fair to imprison someone for six months just for handling a knife and showing criminal intent? In this case, I support the changes, for as long as it is clear what criminal intent means in its clauses. But it has its flaws.

The Liberal Democratic party is right to say that the costs of cases will impact the legal system with the great influx of “second knife-crime cases.” The UK’s prison population is also growing in number, and it would be best to recommend the knife offenders to treatment and rehabilitation instead.

However, it cannot be helped that the Conservative party is trying to win over public affection by doing something for a heartbreaking case. Ann Maguire did not deserve to die, but nobody has the right to use her death for publicity.

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UK Becoming the Hub of New European “Modern Slavery”

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UK employers are abusing Asian, African and other foreign domestic workers coming into the United Kingdom according to a Human Rights Watch report. The report indicated that some UK employers “imprison” their domestic helpers by confiscating their working visas, inadequately giving them food, having them work for many hours and even withholding pay.

HRW criticised the UK’s new immigration laws that facilitate modern slavery. Worker visas for domestic helpers restrict them only to one employer. According to interviewees in the report, they were physically, psychologically and sexually abused. Some interviewees said their employers withheld their working visas, and they did not allow them to leave the house without accompaniment.

HRW also criticised UK’s laws for failing to protect foreign domestic workers. Domestic workers have no direct access to justice for maltreatment. Some of them risk leaving their employers and deportation. Some of them remain and endure the suffering, wanting to have more opportunities for jobs and to support their families back in their home countries.

UK’s government continues to deliberate on a new anti-modern slavery law. However, many experts criticize the law because it still fails to protect immigration workers from the United Kingdom.

The UK’s Home Office had also been accused of discrimination after its campaign asking illegal immigrants to come forward to seek help to return to their home countries. The campaign is part of the UK’s efforts to meet its net migration for 2013-2014.



The Employer’s Responsibilities in a Work Accident Scenario

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Employers will always be responsible for employee injury that takes place in their work environment. Their responsibilities are in the employee contract, which the employee signs before they start working. It is from here that you’ll find out about the employer’s responsibilities in a work accident scenario you can possibly encounter.

Some employers just handle basic environmental hazard compensation. This provides you medical support and wages for your recovery if it is proven an environmental hazard, including the equipment you are responsible for, injures you by accident. This is usually issued in office and corporate employment.

If your work is around working in a dangerous environment or accident and sickness prone environment, your insurance premiums increase along with your wages. For any rare accident you encounter, such as in construction, chemistry or other equipment-and-substance plentiful environments, you get compensated in full for any accident even if you are given proper safety equipment in handling these items.

However, there are some cases that employers will skip on their responsibilities and that is when claims experts could help you begin with your claim. Some employers only provide minimal compensation for their employees even if the situation calls for mesothelioma or environment-pandemic related case. A claims expert, such as one from   could help you sort out other details with enough evidence.

Employers are also cutting costs. If you cannot prove your claim properly, you are letting the employer evade their responsibility to you and they can do it again to other employees who might encounter the same kind of troubles as you have.


Bitcoin is Legal, But Dangerous

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A digital currency that began as $20 apiece shot to a very high $5000 to today’s $1000 per coin is how bitcoin became legendary. Proposed as the first digital currency in the world, the legal interest of governments, law enforcement and tax authorities continue as they try to fit it into existing financial frameworks. Bitcoin is probably legal, albeit not all merchants accept it.

What makes bitcoin controversial for many law enforcement and governments is its decentralized nature; “miners” make use of high-powered computers to have them automatically solve problems and collect the coins for use in trade.

According to some legal experts bitcoin is legal unless it is being used to purchase drugs or other illegal products incognito. The incident of Silk Road led to the high controversy surrounding the digital currency.

The anonymous transaction codes of bitcoin, which is automatically stored in the bitcoin network as purchases are made, made it seem as the perfect money laundering currency. The FBI highlighted its warnings against the currency, namely off-shore transactions being unregulated.

Authorities consider bitcoin to be a currency that could legally be used. However, fears of its usage and its decentralized nature makes it dangerous as it is a “shady” form of currency and criminals could use the coins as a scamming tool.

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Doctors Could Be Jailed for Negligence With New UK Law

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A proposed new law can jail doctors and other medical professionals up to five years if they commit “wilful negligence”. According to the health secretary, the goal of the new law is to ensure the maximum prioritisation of patient safety. This new proposal is part of a new set of proposals that would address problems from previous failures in UK hospitals and lower the fatality rate.

US Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that UK’s medical services needs to undergo an effective transformation in terms of the UK’s free healthcare system.

However, some legal professionals argue that the health law will only make medical professionals defensive and fearful. Medical professionals are already bound by penalties in their profession if they fail to provide the proper quality of care.

Patients could claim against medical negligence and a successful claim has the hospital and the medical professional pay out significantly for the damages and welfare of the patient who had suffered under the care of their medical professional. According to Prime Minister David Cameron,  the Mid Staffordshire case in central England showed that care from the NHS “brilliant” staff, was not enough to ensure the quality of healthcare provided.

However, Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham warned the government of having a pick and mix approach to making laws on healthcare services. He said that the government must approach carefully to avoid startling or unnerving medical staff.

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Russia’s Stand on LGBT To Preserve “Traditional Values” Questionable

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian government is not discriminating against gays and the LGBT community, but the government only wants to preserve the traditional culture the country had, including the sexuality of the country. A controversial bill in Russia had set the LGBT community on fire.

Anybody who provides “propaganda” regarding information about being an LGBT to minors could be fined, imprisoned or both by the Russian government.

This law, which made controversial headlines and even reached the G20 summit as the United States and United Kingdom tried to talk Vladimir Putin out of the deal and respect gay rights, is still enforced in Russia.

Why it is questionable is that the LGBT communities had never committed a crime and yet they are imprisoned because of who they really are or who they want to be. A person could not be imprisoned for presenting a person an option, regardless of how morally obscure it might be.

Indeed, Russian law might cater only to hard traditions and minds of steel, but tradition changes as people and society do. LGBTs could be compared to blacks in the previous eras that had no rights. It is not fair to not give anyone a chance to live a normal life or the life they choose to live, even if it is stated as a crime under law.


LGBT Marriages: Evolving Morals or Continuing Liberalism?

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Decades ago, black slavery and coloured discrimination became abolished in the Western Hemisphere and many considered this as a radical shift to liberalism while a great many considered this as the evolving morals of man. Today, the LGBT communities worldwide watch as their western counterparts fight for the right of the third gender to legally marry.

The United States and Europe bolstered the marriages of same-gendered people, with the US starting from a few states to the promises of more states to approve the said law. The new law currently disturbs moral and religious groups, who solely believe that a man is made for a woman and not for the same type of gender.

If we were to put this situation back decades ago, moralists and religious groups would say that coloured people were below the white people because the white had a responsibility to educate the people of the world by religious right. During such a time the coloured were oppressed. But as soon as US politicians abolished slavery and gave them the right to have the right of the whites, it was taken as absurd as well.

For the commonfolk, it might seem strange at first to find the approval of a man-made gender, but clearly, over time, people become used to the idea of seeing same-gender couples, just as the people in the past are now used to seeing coloured people enjoy the same lives as that of a white person.

Clearly, we are in a world of evolving morals and continuing liberalism. It might break the status quo, might feel a bit strange, but clearly, nothing wrong is being done.


Euthanasia: The Moral Problem Behind the Issue

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Voluntary killing is when a medical professional assists a person who deems his or her life is already “worthless” to death. This is known as euthanasia in the legal arena. Many countries have already passed laws that allow their medical industries to legally end the life or life support of those who have comas, “vegetable” conditions, or a heavy life-support dependent patient.

However, aside from the religious, the law itself has problems with approving euthanasia. The value of morality is where most experts, such as Luke Gormally, is actually concerned about. He generally opposes the implementation of euthanasia in any country because

1. Euthanasia is a Rejection of a Fundamental Framework in Society Law
Gormally says that euthanasia justifies the killing of a person just because that person has deemed his or her life “worthless”. If the legal system does not reject the fundamental framework, then it disrupts the just social order to legalize killing.

2. Euthanasia is Inconsistent with the Fundamental of a Just Legal System
He also says that euthanasia decriminalizes suicide and promotes assisted suicide. Gormally describes that the law must refuse to accommodate the behaviour of those who endorse suicide.

3. Euthanasia could also advocate non-voluntary euthanasia, which completely lacks moral standing.

Gormally’s points actually make sense because if the law allows the legal killing of one, then it gives the law to sanction killing a non-threat. The government could only issue “government-sanctioned” killing or murder during wartime. However, killing one that is defenceless, let alone strengthless and worthless, even if they ask for death to avoid pain or suffering, is still a big issue.


UK’s Most Affordable Cities

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Any UK outsider would think that living in the United Kingdom is quite expensive in general, but recent figures and statistics show that living in the UK, even with residential and commercial properties and taxes in hand, gives UK citizens great breathing room for finances. House prices are now at an average of £172,556 and increased by 1.7% the last year. Here’s a list of cities you might want to live in in the future.

Londonderry in Northern Ireland is the most affordable UK city to live in. Houses now cost less than 3.5 multiplied to the yearly local wage, giving any UK citizen a chance to live in a debt-free home.

Lisburn and Belfast in Northern Ireland are also as affordable as Londonderry. However, UK citizens will need to have an income similar to local wages to purchase a home within a few years.

Experts say most northern cities, including Salford, Hull and Lancaster are the best cities to live in based on income and house prices.

However, the least affordable cities in the UK are Oxford, as house prices are multiplied 10 by the yearly earnings of citizens. The south of England held strong as being some of the most expensive properties that will take years for a citizen to purchase based on local income.

Source: Telegraph


Whiplash Compensation Claims: What to Watch Out For This Year

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UK citizens worry that they will be left at the mercy of their insurance companies as the Ministry of Justice will soon implement the new whiplash compensation claim guidelines aimed to reduce the number of fraud and exaggerated claims in the industry. The MOJ’s move was a response to the increasing expenses of the insurance industry, providing £2 billion yearly for out-of-court settlements and legislative fees.

Whiplash pain

The Association of British Insurers said that honest drivers are paying £118 yearly for car insurance premiums as the fraud whiplash claims continue to rise. To reduce the costs, the Ministry of Justice and the UK government plan to implement a minimum whiplash injury speed threshold, preferably Germany’s 10km/h threshold, increasing in-car monitoring in most UK vehicles and victims will need to present two medical evaluations of their injuries.

Whiplash is an injury to the back of the neck and head common in car accidents. Due to sudden inertia, the head snaps back and forth, possibly ripping the neck ligaments. Moderate whiplash injuries could cause a day or week of suffering nausea and disorientation. Severe cases could possibly paralyze victims due to spinal cord damages.

The Ministry of Justice also plans the Small Claims Court to provide for car accident compensation. The MOJ plans to increase the court’s payouts from £1000 to £5000.

However, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers condemn the Small Claim Court’s increase. They point out that the MOJ intended the court to pay for product and service problems; to have it pay for car accident injuries including whiplash can leave victims undercompensated.