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British ‘justice’: rounding up the usual suspects

Issue No. 2113

Barry George didn’t kill the television presenter Jill Dando. A judge and jury has said so and the media and police now reluctantly agree.

Once again, an innocent man has served time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

They are called “miscarriages of justices”, but they aren’t miscarriages – they are the way the state operates.

In a number of cases innocent people have been fitted up by the cops. The drive to get a conviction at any cost in a high profile case, while the media whips up a frenzy of publicity, produces results but at expense of the innocent.

Barry George was and is a disturbed individual. But the weak and vulnerable are always easier to frame.

The Irish in the 1970s and Muslims today have been on the receiving end of modern British injustice.

But it is not just the cops and the courts. Those in the political establishment create the climate that causes the injustices. And they are as guilty as Barry George is innocent.

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What We Think
Tue 5 Aug 2008, 17:37 BST
Issue No. 2113
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