Know your Adversary
Know your Adversary
The workers allege that the company, which also worked on widening the M1 motorway, was involved in an unlawful conspiracy to amass a database of information against thousands of people, which was used to prevent them earning a living in their trade.
The claim involves 86 of 3,400 workers in the files of the Consulting Association, a covert organisation paid by big names in the industry to collect damaging information on workers regarded as leftwing or troublesome. The files included information about trade union membership, relationships, friendships and political views, along with surveillance intelligence.
The value of the initial claim for loss of earnings and damages is estimated to be around £17m, but many more of the victims are expected to add their names to the action in the coming months, raising the potential claim against the construction industry to about £600m, according to one source.
He argues that English law allows Beth Din courts to settle disputes between Orthodox Jews according to religious (Jewish) law so why wont the English courts let Islamic law decide on the same basis; according to Muslim religious law?
Fortunately, UK law is not as blind as it often appears. In 2010, the Supreme Court recognised the validity of pre-nuptial agreements (including that that vary the division for marital property from the 50-50 split basis). But court added an overriding caveat in situations where one party had been pressurised into signing an agreement that disadvantaged them (or where the courts were of the opinion that the agreement was unfair), then such an agreement would be invalid (fundamentally unfair) and the settlement would revert to an more equal division.
Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini (an expert on Islamic family law) points out that ‘Muslim law on marriage is fundamentally patriarchal and that a man can divorce a wife if she refuses to submit to his will.
Another factor arises in that whilst both parties may own property, the concept of marital property does not exist and this deprives the woman to the right to alimony.
Yet more concerning is the issue that arises over parental rights, under Islamic law the father automatically retains those rights, moreover, the woman looses rights if she remarries.’
As such, Dr Mir-Hosseini suggests, the Muslim law would be fundamentally unfair and therefore invalid. A stance I support.
An interesting jurist debate (I am in favour fo keeping religion out of the law all together – in much the same way was feminists rightly assert that language warps the law, religion has the same effect). However, is this not really a case of a problem with many religions: they are fixed and no updated and so lag behind modern western cultures?
I note too that Dr Al-Saffar represented himself in court. had he sought legal counsel, would he have adopted the same legal argument?
This Bill is desigend to make provision to give a statutory pardon to Alan Mathison Turing for offences under Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 of which he was convicted on 31 March 1952.
The Bill was introduced by Lord Sharkey, and has been ordered to be printed (GO LORDS!)
All in all, seems very few complaints against a large number of people, the majority of whom are lay magistrates, and a healthy sign for the British judicial system.
A summary of the action taken and against whom can be found at http://judicialcomplaints.judiciary.gov.uk/publications/news.htm
The employment tribunal had been entitled to find that, where the employer had received an unproved and untested allegation of an overseas child sex offence against the employee, who had not disclosed it to the employer prior to his appointment, the resulting breakdown of trust had constituted ‘some other substantial reason’ within the meaning of section 98(1)(b) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 summarily to dismiss the employee in order to prevent the employer’s reputation being damaged.”
The employer, a public body some of the responsibilities of which required it to have regard to the interests of children, had become aware that the employee, employed at a relatively senior level in the organisation, had, prior to his appointment, been arrested in Cambodia on charges of having sexually abused children, a fact which he had not disclosed before he had been appointed. At that time the employer had been satisfied as to his innocence and he had subsequently been cleared of the charges in Cambodia; but a formal disclosure to the employer by the Metropolitan Police in relation to other matters, including allegations of paedophile activity in Cambodia, and a warning that they considered the employee posed a continuing threat to children, had led to a disciplinary hearing.
Following the meeting, attended by the employee at which the police disclosures had been discussed in detail, the employer, concerned with the risk of damage to its reputation if the allegations were reported in the press and turned out to be true, and concerned that the employee had not disclosed potentially damaging information before the hearing, had decided that the relationship of trust and confidence had broken down and dismissed the employee summarily.
The tribunal had been entitled to conclude that the dismissal had not been wrongful, since the employee had abused the trust and confidence placed in him to a degree which was sufficiently serious to justify summary dismissal. He had concealed from the employer the fact that his case had been in the Cambodian courts and press. He had lied to the employer about the reason why he had been unable to start work on the appointed date.
Leach v Office of Communications:  EWCA Civ 959;  WLR (D) 205
Reports suggest as many as 350,000 Indians live in Bahrain and almost 70% live in slave-like conditions working for wealthy Bahrain companies like Nass
Once employed NASS is reported to underpay their staff and then put in place travel bans so the employees are trapped. Living in misery and without hope of escape people like my brother are left with one option: suicide.
The Indian Embassy has asked Nass to lift the travel ban on its remaining 100 workers so they can return home, but we hear this is being refused.
Nass has entered into a partnership with a Scottish company Braemar Golf. You can help apply pressure by signing this petition in advance of the adverts in the Scottish media.’
“Let’s do some neuroscience. Social interactions engage a powerful brain circuit that releases the neurochemical oxytocin when we are trusted and induces a desire to reciprocate the trust we have been shown–even with strangers., trust
The key to a con is not that you trust the conman, but that he shows he trusts you. Conmen ply their trade by appearing fragile or needing help, by seeming vulnerable. Because of oxytocin and its effect on other parts of the brain, we feel good when we help others–this is the basis for attachment to family and friends and cooperation with strangers. “I need your help” is a potent stimulus for action.
Let’s break down the oxytocin hooks that caused me to get conned. The first hook was the desire to help the man get this nice gift to his undoubtedly sweet wife. He needed my help. The second was the man who wanted to give the necklace back but who was late for his interview. If only I could help him get that job. My oxytocin system was in high-gear, urging me to reciprocate the trust I had been shown and help these people. Only then does greed kick in. Hey, I can help both men, make a wife happy, and walk away with $100-what a deal! Yes, suspend all suspicion and give up the cash. Cons often work better when a confederate poses as an innocent bystander who “just wants to help.” We are social creatures after all, and we often do what others think we should do.
My laboratory studies of college students have shown that two percent of them are “unconditional nonreciprocators.” That’s a mouthful! This means that when they are trusted they don’t return money to person who trusted them (these experiments are described in my post on neuroeconomics). What do we really call these people in my lab? Bastards. Yup, not folks that you would want to have a cup of coffee with. These people are deceptive, don’t stay in relationships long, and enjoy taking advantage of others. Psychologically, they resemble sociopaths. Bastards are dangerous because they have learned how to simulate trustworthiness. My research has demonstrated that they have highly dysregulated oxytocin systems.
Oxytocin’s effects are modulated by our large prefrontal cortex that houses the “executive” regions of the brain. Oxytocin is all emotion, while the prefrontal cortex is deliberative. I hope that by knowing that your oxytocin system can easily be turned on, you will be less vulnerable to people who might want to take advantage of you. But, don’t be too vigilant: two percent of bastards isn’t so bad. And, oxytocin causes us to empathize with others, the key to building social relationships. Russian playwright Anton Chekov said “You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.” I’d say that’s about right-just watch for the occasional con.”