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FACTion Vol 02-07 Jan 2005

FACTion Vol 02-07 Jan 2005

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In house bi-monthly magazine of F.A.C.T.(Falsey Accused Carers and Teachers), FACTion January 2007
In house bi-monthly magazine of F.A.C.T.(Falsey Accused Carers and Teachers), FACTion January 2007

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FACTION/ January 2005
January 2005VOL 2/7
Seven weeks after his appealhearing Tony was informed that,with some concessions, his appealoverall had failed.For all who know Tony, and for allwho are aware of the details of thecase, this judgement represents thelatest cruel injustice to have beeninicted upon him and his family.In spite of this devastating set backwe know that Tony will continue inhis resolve to ght for justice and inturn we will continue to offer all thesupport that we can.
IN MAY 2002 Anver Daud Sheikh, aYorkshireman and former British soldierfound himself in York Crown Court facingallegations that he had sexually abusedtwo boys who had been in his care in achildrenʼs home more than twenty yearspreviously.There was no evidence other than thetestimony of the two men who made theallegations. But nor, twenty years afterthe alleged incidents, was Anver able toproduce an adequatedefence. Like countlessother care workers trappedby similar retrospectiveallegations all he couldsay was that the offencesalleged against him hadnever happened. The jury, faced by twohighly prejudicial complaints, declinedto believe him. He was convicted andsentenced to eight years.A re-trial was ordered after Anver appearedbefore the Court of Appeal. After hearinglegal argument, Lord Justice Kennedydetermined there should be a retrial andreleased Anver on bail. Today the jury inthis second trial found him guilty.Of his own re-investigation of the case,Mark Newby says: ʻIt was quick andsimple. In our view the police hadfailed to investigate the allegationsof abuse from former residentsimpartially. This is a very grave andfundamental error by the police andwe will be calling for a thoroughreview of how the investigationtook place.ʼThese trials have cost the Britishtaxpayer hundreds of thousandsof pounds. They have cost AnverSheikh untold miseryand years in gaoland all based onwhat? Evidence?No! Allegations,thatʼs what. He wascondemned by acorrupted system which has allowedpolice to leave aside the traditionalmethods of gathering evidenceof a crime to gain convictions bygathering allegations and usingthem as ʻevidenceʼ. Shame onthem, shame on those who makemalicious allegations and shame onthe politicians who made the lawswhich allowed these miscarriages of  justice and who fail to address themto this day.
“a very grave and  fundamental error by the police ...:
FACTION/ January 20052
 MPs and Peers who have expressed concernand who are kept informed 
David Amess Southend WestTim Boswell DaventryKevin Brennan Cardiff WDavid Cameron WitneyClaire Curtis-Thomas CrosbyWayne David CaerphillySue Doughty GuildfordHuw Edwards MonmouthEdward Garnier QC HarboroughFabian Hamilton Leeds NEEvan Harris Oxford WNigel Jones CheltenhamPaul Keetch HerefordJim Knight South DorsetEdward Leigh GainsboroughJohn MacDougall Central FifeAlice Mahon HalifaxJohn McDonnell Hayes & HarlingtonKevin McNamara Kingston Upon HullTony McWalter Hemel HempsteadAustin Mitchell Gt GrimsbyEddie OʼHara KnowsleyDiane Organ Forest of DeanJohn Pugh SouthportKen Purchase Wolverhampton NEAlan Reid Argyll & ButeIris Robinson StrangfordPhilip Sawford KetteringBarry Sheerman HudderseldJohn Smith Vale of GlamorganMartin Smyth BelfastIan Stewart EcclesBill Tynan Hamilton SKeith Vaz Leicester ERudolf Vis Finchley & Gldrs GreenBob Wareing West DerbyDerek Wyatt Sʼbourne & SheppeySir George Young Bt HampshireRichard Younger-Ross TeignbridgeLord Beaumont of WhitleyLord Bhatia OBEViscount BrookeboroughLord Carlisle of BucklowBaroness Carnegy of LourLord DholakiaLord Eden of WintonLord Ewing of Kirkford DLBaroness Janet FookesLord Graham of EdmontonEarl HoweBaroness Elspeth Howe of IdicoteLord HyltonLord King of West BromwichBaroness MallalieuLord Morris of ManchesterLord Plant of HigheldThe Rt Hon The Lord RichardBaroness ThorntonBaroness Williams of Crosby
 If your MP is not on the list, a politeletter outlining our concerns and asking for him/her to join the All Party Groupcould be very helpful — Ed.
I was born in 1930, and for 35 years wasa member of the Labour Party. As ShirleyWilliams I entered journalism in the 1950s,became General Secretary of the FabianSociety in 1960, and in 1964 was electedMP for Hitchin. I was a member of theWilson and Callaghan Governments in the1960s and 1970s, culminating in my periodas Secretary of State for Education andScience, and Paymaster General, from 1976to 1979. I lost my seat in the 1979 election.By 1980 it was clear that the Labour Partywas veering into left-wing extremism, andin 1981 I co-founded the Social DemocraticParty as one of the “Gang of Four”,becoming the rst MP elected for the SDPin 1981 when I became member for Crosby.From 1982 and 1988 I was President of thenew party. When, after the 1987 election,it became clear that the two parties shouldmerge I strongly supported the creation of what was to become the Liberal Democrats.I lost my seat in the 1983 General Electionfollowing boundary changes. OutsideParliament I increased my academiccommitments, as Public Service Professorof Elective Politics at the John F KennedySchool of Government at HarvardUniversity from 1988-2000. I have heldlecturing posts at Cambridge, and inPrinceton, Berekely and Chicago in the US,and continue to lecture.I was married to the late Professor RichardNeustadt, a leading US political scientist.Previously I was married to the philosopherBernard Williams.I re-entered Parliament in 1993 as a peer,and chose to use my old constituency of Crosby in my title: Baroness Williams of Crosby. I served as the Partyʼs spokespersonon Foreign and Commonwealth Affairsin the Lords from 1998 to 2001. I waselected Leader of the Liberal Democrats inthe House of Lords in 2001 and served inthis position until September 2004.
Usually, we have a Letter from Rory,the Chairman of FACT, but this issueis being printed days prior to the nextCommittee Meeting in Birmingham sohis letter, which normally summarisesthe meeting will be in the next issue.Forgive my undilutable joy at thedeparture of David Blunkett, ourerstwhile Home Secretary. I make noapology for expressing utter delight andespecially so considering the manner of his departure. He suggested that falseallegations were to blame. Oh dear!I well remember being actuallyfrightened of the legislation and attitudesof Michael Howard when he was HomeSecretary. Blunkett, however, was evenmore scary. I have never seen such anassault on the civil liberties of the peopleof this country. He and his Departmentand his Party studiously ignored therecommendations of the Home AffairsSelect Committee on Allegations of Abuse, they introduced the Regulationof Investigatory Powers Act which givesunprecedented powers to the State to spyon those whom it likes to call ʻcitizensʼyet who remain ʻsubjectsʼ. ID Cards areon their way and I have no doubt theiruse will affect us all in ways we shallregret.They have locked people up in gaolswho are
of terrorist linkswithout evidence or trial and havechosen to ignore the Law Lords whohave told them they are acting illegally.They have roared like mice aboutthe illegal detention of suspects atGuantanamo Bay. The have, despiteprotestations to the contrary, tried tocharge for time spent in prison by menwho have been falsely accused andwrongly imprisoned.This behaviour is not merely shameful,it is so dangerous that I really do fear forthe state of this nation. Iʼm not stupidenough to believe that we have not hadbad law before but I detect a degree of unconcern for justice and injustice whichis truly monstrous. This is corruption.So, yes, Iʼm glad Blunkett is gone. Itis a measure of Blair that he claimsBlunkett left with his integrity intact.No he didnʼt. Tell that to the seniorPolice Ofcer who faced dismissal,imprisonment and fraud charges overʻexpensesʼ irregularities, later provedfalse after a multi-thousands of poundsinvestigation.Integrity? Bunkum!David Sherwell (Editor)
Was it‘False Allegations’ wot done fer ‘im?
David Blunkett
, amnesiac, hadnʼt even leftthe stage when David Blunkett, straight-talking, noble force for good, brought downby love and vindictive pygmies, began tore-emerge. With a little more work he could- if we are not careful - complete the fastestpolitical rehabilitation in history and be readyfor a speedy return to government.So we should be very careful, and resistsuccumbing to general amnesia - DavidBlunkett was not laid low by love, butbecause he played fast and loose with thepower he held as Home Secretary, andbecause he was, and remains, less thantruthful about this. He most certainly did not,as Tony Blair claims, leave government “withthis integrity intact”, and at the very least heleft government with his judgment deeplysuspect, and his capacity for nally arrivingat the truth unproven.By some lights hissins are minor - onesmall immigration issueexpedited, the odd mistake over a rail ticket,deployment of perks and use of countryfacilities thatʼd count as pretty low level inthe business world. But government oughtto be different, the rules in governmentare different, and a Minister who shows areadiness to grant special favours, alongsidean apparent inability to own up to it beforebeing forced to, should give us some pausefor thought. This is particularly so in the caseof the Home Secretary, who this year gavehimself emergency powers to suspend everylaw in the country, and whose defence of an increasingly repressive raft of legislationleant heavily on ʻtrust me.ʼBut we canʼt, and we shouldnʼt. The trustissue shouldnʼt simply affect our views of Blunkett and of the department runningthe police, the security services and IDdatabase, because the approach takento the presentation of inconvenient andembarrassing facts throughout the Blunkettaffair is no different from the way thecurrent government operates in general. Theobjective is not to report, explain and justifybut to
- what is actually true is of little consequence, while what the publiccan be induced to believe is true is of vitalimportance. Civil servants are co-opted andcompromised in support of the party, notthe country, and what is seen as good forthe party and the leader is seen as being, bydenition, good for everyone. Truth is whatwe say it is.So in the broader areas of policing andsecurity, polls (not hard data) showingincreased public perceptions of crimeand terror problems are played up to andreinforced by heavily-spun but largelypointless ʻtough measuresʼ that will playat the ballot box, while in the case of Blunkett the facts are slowly mugged intothe background (by everybody from TonyBlair down) in preparation for the return of afundamentally decent, straight-talking manwho Speaks for the People. If we can grasphow the latter process works, it may equip usbetter to deal with the former, with or withoutBlunkettʼs second coming.
The legend
Blunkett himself, never slow to ndsomeone else to blame for his problems, dida ne impression of the wronged hero inresignation interviews, and the press did therest. According to The Guardian, “Blunkettmade clear that he had risked - and halted- his career for love”, while Blunkett himself said: “I misunderstood that someone could dothis, not just to me, but to a little one as well.”Responding to Blunkettʼs letter of resignation, Tony Blair said: “You leavegovernment with your integrity intact andyour achievements acknowledged by all. Youare a force for good in British politics andcan take great pride in what you have done toimprove the lives of people in this country.”The Guardian added: “Mr Blunkettʼsdignied departure is likely to boost publicrespect”, and reported that parliamentarycolleagues were “ʼfurious and guttedʼ... thesurprise resignation prompted widespreadsympathy for a man seen as ʻhounded outʼover his personal problems rather thanfor fast-tracking a visa ... There was alsoʻimmense angerʼ at Labour backbenchers
 David Blunkett wasnot laid low by love,but because he played  fast and loose withthe power he held as Home Secretary, and because he was, and remains, less thantruthful about this.
FACTION/ January 20053

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