For what is possibly the very first time, I find myself in both lockstep and agreement with David Lammy; an MP whose statements I have commented upon once or twice before. I recall the time of Grenfell when he tried to start a riot with a Tweet, and then when he reckoned the London knife crime epidemic was caused by an £11 billion cocaine industry, and because of “Lack of Resources” (A.K.A. giving people less benefit money).
But, just for a change, Lammy has stuck with the facts; and, it must be granted, he makes a compelling case. He writes of the ‘fundamental right’ of an individual, (Paywalled £ ) to be tried by a ‘jury of his peers’ within the Judicial System of England and Wales; and of how this hard-won process is in danger of removal because of the CoronaVirus epidemic. A jury trial gives people the final say on the guilt or innocence of their fellow citizens, and that one ideal, that ordinary people, not judicially-trained and tasked individuals, are asked to evaluate the evidence, as presented in Court, and then are asked to decide whether the Crown has made its case, or that the suspect can walk free.
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