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I live in Salford and work in Manchester. Some of my colleagues are Muslim. This morning some of them turned up late for work because of road closures due to the ongoing investigation into last night's bomb attack at the Arena.

May's internet 'plans'

 

 

 

 

The publication of the Conservative Party's manifesto has revealed the full and chilling expanse of Theresa May's plans for the internet.

To quote the Conservative manifesto "Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet, we disagree." This statement makes it abundantly clear that in a Conservative government internet censorship would increase beyond even the lengths that we see today. Whilst you can argue the benefits in some aspects of the policy, in particularly the plan to enable anyone to delete their history from when they were under 18, many of them misunderstand how the internet functions and, more importantly, this does not detract from the plain fact that Theresa May plans to "take control of the internet"

Going Equipped

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Section 25 of the 1968 Theft Act created the offence of "going equipped" for burglary or theft and refers to the possession of housebreaking implements including any item that is designed to be used to carry out a theft or burglary, as well as any items made specifically by a thief for use in committing a burglary.

The CPS [1] says that that law makes it an offence to knowingly possess an article for use in the course of or in connection with theft/ burglary and observes that the possession of the article must occur before the commission of the offence.

The CPS goes on to say that "Prosecutors should consider the evidence as a whole in order to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence that the item is possessed for use or in connection with theft. Possession of an item alone, such as an empty rucksack or a pair of gloves, may be insufficient to found a charge of going equipped."

The Importance of a Positive Campaign

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We have grown familiar with political campaigning in our country, and this General Election is bringing out more of the same. The focus is on the harm other parties might do, on the characters and capabilities of the opposing candidates, and on the flaws in the policies and manifestos that others are putting forward.

In short, the campaigns that are being run are largely negative. It's easy to see how we all get sucked into this way of talking. It is much simpler to put out a Tweet with a comical picture of a party leader and a witty comment than it is to think through your own beliefs and policies. And when you're immersed in a social media world that is swamped with similar conversations it is only natural to respond in kind turning political debate into a tribal battle.

But wouldn't it be nice if the campaign could stay positive? If we spoke up about what we want to see happen, what policies we support, and why? If we focused on what we have to offer rather than what we hate about the opposition?

Homelessness rampant in Manchester; does the solution rest with a pirate?

Neil Blackburn, the Pirate Party parliamentary candidate for Manchester Central, has made it clear that he considers the level of homelessness in Manchester to be a central issue in the campaign.

As a stay at home dad, which he describes as the best job anyone could have, Neil has spent a lot of time out and about with his son. He has seen the city at its best, and at its worst: drunken violence, drug abuse and addiction, homelessness, and lately the zombie plague that spice has brought. These issues are obvious to anyone who is truly part of Manchester and views the city as a whole.

"The challenge of homelessness is one we must tackle at the local and national level," says Neil, "and a combination of policies and approaches are needed.

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