Toni's Brave New World
Tony Blair called yesterday for the national DNA database to be expanded to include every citizen.
He said there should be no limit on the development of the database because it was vital for catching serious criminals.
The Conservatives accused him of attempting to expand the DNA database by stealth and called for Parliament to vote on whether details of people who were innocent or not charged should be included against their wishes.
The Prime Minister said the public backed the extended use of DNA .. but he doesn't want us to debate it or have our representatives vote on it! Or is he too high and mighty now to worry about simple things like democracy. The Tories are right to concentrate on pointing out the need for informed debate and consent otherwise all we get is the "soft on crime" counterattack.
But I bet they don't raise the point that with free travel through the EU unless all the peoples in all the subjugated nations are on the database what's the point?
And why not start by first concentrating on stopping some crimes that never should happen -
ONE in five of the most high risk and dangerous offenders under supervision in the community broke the terms of their freedom or committed a further serious violent offence, according to figures published yesterday.
Overall, the figures show that more than 60 serious offences — defined as murder, attempted murder, rape, arson, manslaughter, kidnap and armed robbery — were carried out by offenders under the supervision of the probation service and other agencies. (The Times)