* Posts by Graham Marsden

6926 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

US teen clocks up 14,528 text messages

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Unlimited...

... actually *meaning* "unlimited"? Wow! There's an idea!!

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National Safety Council seeks total* cell-phone driving ban

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Nanny state? No way!

For those who think this is the Nanny State, would they say that making Drinking and Driving an offence is *also* the Nanny State? Would they argue for the DD laws to be removed then?

And as for the motorists bitching about cyclists, yes, there are idiots who cycle on pavements or without lights etc and, as a cyclist myself, I wish they wouldn't do it, but if you're driving a tonne and a half of metal you are a serious risk to *OTHERS*, not just to yourself. *Very* few people have been killed or injured by stupid cyclists apart from themselves, so stop using this Straw Man argument.

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Peter Mandelson exerts party discipline in cyberspace

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I have blogged before...

... but I didn't inhale...

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Confusion reigns ahead of comms überdatabase debate

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"famed consultation exercises"...?

I think the word you were looking for is "infamous"!

And from that BBC article:

"The Home Office said the data was a vital tool for investigation and intelligence gathering."

I think they meant "a vital tool for fishing expeditions and data trawling and the hope that, after the event, we can find where the criminals came from".

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Could the Airbus A380 be the new Air Force One?

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"an outside chance"...?

I think you meant "a snowball's chance in hell" of any of the pork going overseas in these "challenging economic times"!

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Revenue pledges data security...by 2011

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data security... by 2011

And porcine aviation by 2012!

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Jail for Oz drug-running onanist speed merchant

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Well...

... what a wanker!

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Obama urged to relax US tech restrictions

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Black Helicopters

Does this mean...

... we're FINALLY going to be able to get to use those Mark 3 Chinooks which have been sitting in a hanger for a couple of years because the US wouldn't give use the software keys to be able to run the damn things...??

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MI5 head calls for comms data access

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"It's for National Security"...

... is just another version of "Won't Someone Think of the Children"!

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Spinning the war on the UK's sex trade

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@Trinity

> make it an offence to buy sexual services from someone who's been forced into it, as an extension of rape.

Nobody here is disagreeing with this, but that's not what is under discussion.

The proposal is that the default situation becomes that the woman is *assumed* to have been trafficked unless the punter can *PROVE* that the woman was not.

That is like (to wrench things back towards an IT footing!) assuming that unless you can prove that you have a valid EULA for your software, you must have pirated it and should be prosecuted.

There is a fundamental principle of Human Rights called Presumed Innocent Unless Proven Guilty. The argument from the Government is, once again, that someone has to *prove* their innocence which is a complete reversal of this legal principle.

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@Paula

I find it really disturbing that it appears that because you don't like prostitution, you are seem to be in favour of women working as prostitutes being arrested "as well as" men who use their services.

This is, presumably, to "protect" them, which, IMO, sounds incredibly patronising to those women (and, yes, there are a lot of them, despite the Government's spin) who, of their own free will, choose to work in the sex trade and will tell you what you can do with your "protection".

Not only that, you want to set yourself up as arbiter of what is "normal" behaviour or what is a "consenting" arrangement.

If you don't the idea of working in the IT business with people who might "look at you as a potential purchase" might I suggest you look for a new job? I understand the post of Home Secretary is a great one for imposing your personal tastes on everyone else...

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Time to grab a few more headlines...

@pk_de_cville

It is you who are missing the point. We already *have* laws to protect women from threats of violence and assaults and other behaviours involved in trafficking, passing new laws is not going to make matters any better.

@ Tim Brown:

> "If someone makes use of the services of a prostitute who they know or believe is being coerced into providing those services, then I'm quite happy for a suitably heavy book to be thrown at them"

And how is someone supposed to *know* this? Should the punter be required to ask "have you been forced or coerced into this" when he hands over the money? How is he supposed to know if they are telling the truth?

This is another ludicrous headline grabbing law from a Government which has lost all touch with reality and is now just legislating based on the personal views of Ministers.

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Google China and Baidu apologize for porn links

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It's ironic...

... that many of the world's sex toys are marked "Made in China"!!

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NASA warns of 'space Katrina' radiation storm

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@Wrap it in foil and earth it!

> Run for the hills, we are all going to die!

Nonono! Up on top of the hills is more dangerous because there's less between you and the solar event!

You need to get down the deepest mineshaft around...

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Speeding Oz teen may face 'gorillas in the mist'

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Boffin

@Sarah Bee

But what you've got to remember is that this is not something that affects the poster who's making the "Bubba" comments, so it's entirely different!

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Perv Oz burglar pumps and dumps Jungle Jane

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@Definition of 'perv'

A "pervert" is someone who engages in a sexual practice that you wouldn't engage in and one that you don't think anyone else should engage in either...

... according to the Daily Mail.

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Twitter's veracity chewed up by Britney's four-foot vagina

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Joke

@Sarah Bee

> It's almost as if people *enjoy* getting enraged and feeling superior over nothing.

Have you never read the Daily Mail...?!

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China rattles sabre at Google

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Chinese Spokesman: We got the idea...

... from Nu Labour!

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Confusion over Indian parliamentary rights-grab

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Stop

Another incompetant Government...

... passing laws without actually having any clue about the issues they're actually dealing with!

Hmm, maybe India could Outsource it's legislation to the UK!

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Home Office denies remote snooping plan

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Black Helicopters

Why do you need a firewall...

... do you have something to hide...???

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NASA rovers survive five years on Mars

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Go

How much did these two rovers cost...?

... and how much would it cost to send a few humans to Mars?

Eventually, yes, it'll be worth sending people, but in the mean time we can do a lot more for a lot less and IMO NASA should invest in a fleet of these babies!

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Deals inked on DARPA's Matrix cyberwar VR

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Paris Hilton

But will they include...

... The woman in the Red Dress...?

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Swoopo - eBay's (more) evil twin

Graham Marsden

A fool and their money...

... soon are parted!

(BTW I've got The London Eye up for sale if anyone's interested...)

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Facebook breastfeeding pic takedown gets backs up

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Coat

So...

... the Morality Police are making tits of themselves again...

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Terry Pratchett knighted for services to literature

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Alzheimers is not a death sentence!

One of the things that Terry Pratchett has been trying to get over to people is that he Aten't Dead Yet and probably won't be for a long time!

Regrettably, as some comments on here suggest, there is still widespread ignorance about Alzheimers which, coupled with the lamentable lack of funding that the condition receives, means that many sufferers, whilst they still have their faculties, feel abandoned or get treated as if they have one foot in the grave already.

This doesn't have to be the case, but only if those who research into Alzheimers and treatments for it get the support that they need.

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Three cheers for...

... Sir Terry!

And, iamapizza, if you think Terry Pratchett "lacks talent" or could be compared to those you mention, just stick to the books with the big pictures and the short words and don't bother trying to engage your brain (which you obviously didn't do in the first place).

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Private firm may run UK spy über-database

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Hush, little ones, don't argue, just trust us...

So Wacky Jaqui says she would publish a consultation paper in the new year.

What she doesn't say is that it will be biased and one-sided and not give the full facts and even then she will ignore it if it doesn't give the response the Government wants.

This Government has lost any connection with the real world, they know they've not got a hope in hell of winning the next election, so they're just trying to push through as much of their Control Freak, Big Brother, Nanny State legislation as possible before they're unceremoniously kicked out of office.

Of course this doesn't mean that the *next* bunch we get in power (the Tories, most likely, by the rule of Buggins' Turn, given the way our electoral system "works") are really going to be much better. Ok, yes, they say they'll get rid of ID cards, but what about all the *rest* of the legislation New Labour brought in which infringes on our Right to Protest, Right to Privacy, Right to decide for ourselves what we can read or see, Right to go about our lawful business without let or hindrance?

Will David Cameron give us a promise that he'll do anything about this? Or, if asked, will he just give us a weaselly, mealy mouthed statement about "well, we'll look at it and maybe get rid of it, but we can't say right now" and then, once he's in power, say "perhaps this isn't so bad after all, but maybe after the *next* election"...?

The only Party with any real gumption to do anything this are the Lib Dems, but they're stuck in third place in a system that would require a massive shift in voting patterns to give them a chance of power and neither of the other two parties have any intention of changing that.

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Viacom to remove Time Warner's Spongebob Squarepants

Graham Marsden

Didn't they learn anything...

... from the Sky/ Virgin debacle?

Virgin lost, Sky won, eventually Virgin had to eat humble pie. End of story.

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UK gov to issue child boozing guidelines

Graham Marsden

Actually this could be rather sensible.

This isn't "Nanny State" because the Government is only issuing *guidelines* (rather than attempting some ridiculous and unenforceable heavy-handed nonsense like passing laws making it illegal for a child to drink more than X amount) so it might help children learn that going out and getting blitzed isn't necessary to have a good time.

Of course it does rely on their parents being responsible and not sitting the kids in front of the TV with a couple of tins of Special Brew...

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Microsoft eyes metered-PC boondoggle

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Please insert your credit card...

... before pressing the Power Button...

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US only kidding about 'clear to fly' January deadline?

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Joke

Anonymous Coward Posted Tuesday 30th December 2008 16:49 GMT

Why don't you just build a five mile high wall around your country and then you can *really* convince yourself that there's nothing else in the world and nobody else would have to worry about a country with such a balanced personality that it has a chip on *both* shoulders!

(Joke ahead icon because there's no "responding to a complete joke" one...)

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Government pipedreams on internet ratings doomed to fail

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@AC at the top...

... Yep, you go out and get pissed and forget about this.

The fact that the Government is planning on trying to take away more of your rights and controlling what you can see or read or download with ridiculous and unenforceable laws isn't important, is it?

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Motor quango thumbsup for satnav speed restrictions

Graham Marsden

I have Sat Nav on my bike...

... and I can set it to give me a *warning* if I am exceeding the limit. I sure as hell would never let anything over-ride my control of the bike, nor, if I am in the middle of an overtake, would I want to have to worry about pressing a button to stop it happening.

As for Bassey's "why let vehicles go faster than 70", obviously he's never seen a "Crawler Race" where you have one HGV with its limiter set 2mph faster than the one it's trying to pass. Naturally the trucker being passed isn't going to back off ("why the hell should I?!"), so you have an overtake manoeuvre which goes on for a couple of miles.

Now imagine that you're trying to pass one of those trucks on a dual carriageway, but you can only do it at 70mph and that "end of dual carriageway" that was a mile or so off is coming rapidly closer... does that sound like a recipe for safety??

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UK.gov to push Obama for tougher rules online

Graham Marsden

My nephew has a T-shirt that says...

.... I'd like to see things from your point of view...

... But I can't get my head that far up my arse!

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"There is content that should just not be available to be viewed. That is my view. "

Well then just don't fucking LOOK at it, you pillock!

And if your kiddy starts looking at it, what the HELL are you doing leaving your child unattended whilst it's browsing the net?

Your Big Brother, Nanny State, Control Freak Party has already passed the most ludicrous piece of legislation making it illegal simply to possess so-called "extreme pornography" but you can't even *define* what the fuck you mean by this term, so how the hell is anyone going to be able to decide if what they own is illegal in the first place?

And now you want everyone else to do your job as a PARENT and protect your little ones from the nasty stuff that you don't like?

The sooner this bunch of idiots are out of office, the better!

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Demise of British tank industry foretold admitted

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Joke

So, come on, Lewis...

... what do the Yanks sell that's so much better, meaning we should buy it...?

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Corrupt cop abused police database to blackmail child abusers

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A Scotland Yard spokesman told the BBC:

"There are strict guidelines in place regarding the use of intelligence databases and if anyone abuses it that is taken extremely seriously."

The "strict guidelines" being "don't do this, it's naughty and we wouldn't like it"?

Somewhat ironic given No2ID's just launched "Take Jane" campaign. See http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=v1JqlvnZANA

If we have a National ID Database, is this sort of thing going to be:

a) Less likely?

b) More likely?

Still, if you've got nothing to hide...

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UK will save its 48-hour opt-out, says employment lawyer

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The UK Government...

... is keen to retain the opt-out, believing that it suits the UK's work culture, which generally involves longer hours than that in other EU member states.

Y'know, I would have thought this Government would have been in favour of stopping people working longer hours because that way the employers would be forced to take on more workers to get the same amount of work done and thus make the unemployment figures look better!

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US Navy's robot stealth carrier plane unveiled

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Coat

The Top Guns...

> won't be looking forward to telling their children that there's no longer any way to win one's glorious wings of gold and the respect of the nation

Not to mention it'll make it much more difficult to try to get Kelly McGillis' knickers off in the Ladies Room...

... Mine's the one with the off-key copy of "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" in the pocket.

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Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah set for top two spots in Christmas Day charts

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So this Xmas...

... at the most depressing time of year for many people, the Number One song could be "music to slit your wrists to"...!

Well, maybe there's a god above,

But all I've ever learned from love

Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you.

It's not a cry that you hear at night

It's not somebody who's seen the light

It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah...

Happy Xmas everyone...

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Don't delay: Delete your DNA today

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Boffin

@DT

> "Is knowing the state has your DNA really more detriminent to a person's "privacy" than knowing that unauthorisated photos are visible to people you don't like on facebook?"

Well, yes, because only one of those is an infringement on the right to be Presumed Innocent Unless Proven Guilty!

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Europe-wide emergency number is go

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@Sean, @Jaowon

@Sean: 911 is not usable in the UK because some UK phone numbers start with those three digits.

@Jaowon: The other reason for choosing 999 in the UK was that, with the old rotary dial phones, it was easiest to dial in the dark, you just found the bottom of the dial and put your middle finger in the first hole which was 0, then your index finger in the hole next to it which had to be 9 and you didn't need to find any other digits thereafter.

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Fly-tipping yes, dog poo no - Jacqui promises Ripa changes

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Stop

Hello, Jaqui, this is the Real World (tm) calling...

So she promises "a review of the RIPA code of practice", whilst ignoring the fact that she has now been *TOLD* that keeping the DNA of people not convicted of crime is illegal. The "removing 70 under 10s from the database is just a sop which attempts to distract people's attention from what's still going on.

She also claims that the use of CCTV has the confidence and support of the British public, but I wouldn't be surprised if these are the same people who, allegedly, think that ID cards are a great idea and should be introduced immediately...

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Censored scenes from the Congress WMD report

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I would like to welcome...

... Our FUD spouting Overlords!

Be afraid, people. Be VERY afraid! Only through your fear can we make you safe! Don't trouble your little heads about Human Rights or Civil Liberties, such things can only make Terrorists' lives easier, so let us remove all those Rights and let us watch you wherever you go and see who you're phoning and check what websites you're visiting and record your DNA and have you carrying ID cards because only in that way will we have true Safety!

We shall prevail!

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Web who's who botches secure sockets layer

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Black Helicopters

So when...

... are we going to see Mr Thayer being arrested and prosecuted for "causing damage" to those computers?

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Attack of the quarter-ton, 'fridge-sized' killer jellyfish

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Time to start developing...

... those frickin' lasers to fit on sharks' heads and then they can zap this jellyfish menace into oblivion!

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Man trademarks ;-) emoticon

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Exactly what trade is he in...

... that a ;-) smiley could be considered a unique way of representing his business?

Is Trademark Whoring a business?

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Nintendo whacked with $5m Wii strap lawsuit

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$5m...

... will that be enough to buy her a brain...?

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Telegraph.co.uk succumbs to typo irony

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Coat

Talk about...

... Publish and be dumbed!

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IWF rethinks its role

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Hello Left Hand...?

... this is Right Hand. Do you have any idea what I'm doing, because I don't!

@Neil Hoskins: Basically I'm fucking sick of fucking "libertarians" telling me that I have to view their sick pictures

And I'm sick of people like you using Straw Man arguments like this! You do *NOT* have to view these pictures, nobody is forcing you to view anything. You, however are telling everyone else that because *you* consider these images to "sick pictures" *THEY* should not be allowed to look at them which is bullshit. Your personal tastes (or those of Wacky Jacqui et al) should not govern what anyone else is allowed to look at "just in case it might make them think about doing something nasty".

@Dennis: "criminalising the possession of obscene material as the obvious reaction. "

No, it was a ridiculous over-reaction, especially since it is still entirely unclear as to what will be criminalised and what won't because such decisions are going to be based on the *subjective* opinions of the Police/ CPS/ DPP/ Magistrates...

But you're right, the OPA was flawed, is flawed, and always will be flawed and the best way to fix the problem is to get rid of it entirely.

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