Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Bamber on the "Brexit" Part II

I’ve previously blogged about how leaving the safety of the EU would affect the United Kingdom with regards to potential future conflict and I know that seemed to be laughed off by those who proposed leaving the EU when Cameron made mention of it.  Last century we were warring with Europe like crazy, now I hear people say that could never happen again.  Well, war is what can so easily happen when the talking stops between nations.   However, today I wish to write about the legal impact of leaving the EU.   I’ve had a ringside seat to the legal side of things for over thirty years and I’ve seen how the state has simply messed things up.

Firstly, the public need legal protection from our government not through our own courts but by the European Courts.  The Human Rights Act isn’t some liberal nonsense dreamt up by idiots but it is the outcome of critical thought by the world’s best legal minds.  There has to be a way to prevent a state from going wrong and from my understanding whether we remain in Europe or leave we will still be protected by the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”) as one of the founding signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights in 1951.  We will, however, no longer be protected by the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU’), which is responsible for ensuring that European law is interpreted and applied in the same way in every member state and is currently the highest court of appeal in the UK on EU matters and whose judgments we are obliged to follow.

The CJEU has the task of supervising the uniform application of EU law throughout the member states and in so doing it can create case law.   It is important not to confuse it with the ECHR, which is completely separate and not an institution of the EU. The majority of cases heard by the CJEU are brought by member states and institutions of the Community, or are referred to it by national courts.  It has only limited power to deal with cases brought by individual citizens, and such cases are rarely heard.

Luckily for the UK, the print media is in competition from the Internet, so public opinion cannot be twisted and moulded by what the Daily Mail says.   It’s all too cosy when an MP like Whittingdale avoids media ridicule, with a coincidence that he allowed the press to self regulate.   Who knows if the two are linked by the legal system, the penal system? Parliament and the press can get quite cosy together if allowed to, but if a person is a victim of that relationship then as a last resort there is the European Court.

A new thing by the state is that prisons are going to be able self-determine certain aspects of what they do, but I believe you have to have one prison system ruled by centralised governance maintaining a rule book of prison service orders and prison service instructions. That way the staff know exactly what’s what and so do all the prisoners.

The staff who look after a country’s law breakers appear to have been overlooked by those who want to leave Europe.  They are for the most part good people who rarely get the recognition they deserve.  The dynamic within prison between officers and prisoners is complex, when it goes wrong like the Strangeways riot, prison officers have to sort that out.   Having both the European Courts in place protects the rights of the imprisoned and protects prison officers from unrest in prison.   Access to legal resolution of problems in prison has stopped many potential riots.   Our government is motivated by revenge justice with little or no sympathy for the imprisoned and it is the impartial Courts in Europe that stop the worst excesses of how Parliament views those imprisoned and those who look after the imprisoned.  

It is concerning that voting to leave Europe on the 23rd June would eventually see the protection offered to us by the European Court of Justice redacted. Cameron states that we must remain within the European Union and I agree that we should. However it is of great concern that Cameron still maintains his intentions to scrap the Human rightsAct and create the “British Bill of Rights” in its place.  Whatever decision is made as a result of the referendum we cannot allow Cameron to go ahead with these ridiculous and dangerous proposals. I have written previously about how important it is for us as a Nation and as individual citizens to have the protection of the Human Rights Act. This Act should be left as it is with the assurances we will remain within the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.


Jeremy

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Bamber on the "Brexit"

I wanted to write something about Brexit and give you my opinion on whether we should vote to stay in or leave. It’s difficult to understand the full picture from inside prison because my only input comes from my experience as a prisoner in recent years and from the T.V. I am 100% certain we must, must, must stay in the European Union (E.U.).

The Conservative Prime Minister, Edward Heath, took the UK into the predecessor of the E.U, the European Economic Community (EEC) in January 1973 after President de Gaulle of France, on the grounds of a U.K deficit, had blocked UK membership twice previously in 1961 and 1969. The reason the UK joined the EEC was in part to ensure our economy would thrive and not fall into decline. The first referendum on this issue was in 1975 where we were asked to make a decision as to whether our nation would remain a member of the EEC. The outcome of the vote was that we should remain as a member of the EEC.

Our problem as people is we forget so quickly our history lessons. By some coincidence I have been obtaining the service records of my mum and dad and my granddad on my dad’s side. My mum and dad were on active service during the Second World War and my granddad was active during the First World War. The First World War 1914-1918,– was just the most tragic, awful, heart-breaking loss of life man had ever seen. The war to end all wars we were told. Twenty five years later we were at it again – people in Europe including our great nation, our neighbours and our friends were at war again fighting and doing the most dreadful things to each other and over 60 million people died.

So now we are all mates we have the E.U., where we discuss all our Nations problems and iron out disputes around the table, and pretty much it’s happy, and fair and reasonable. In the E.U we never need to fight our neighbours, we simply talk our problems through. Without these types of negotiations like those in the E.U, things don’t work. Recent history tells us, we’ve had the IRA, Bader Meinhoff, Basque separatists and others, and yet it only works out when we stop fighting and start talking.

Cameron was laughed at when he mentioned world war three, that’s because such a big war really does seem very unlikely, but little wars can start if people stop talking to each other. Who could have predicted the Falklands War, the war in Bosnia, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq or South Sudan – they just seem to happen – but we’ve not raised our hand in anger at anyone in the E.U. since it was created – and we never will. The E.U. are our mates, and with the E.U. we make new mates. We don’t lose our identity because of the friends we have, we share and learn and enjoy the things our friends bring to the table. We do not have to be best friends with everyone in the E.U, but the way to go is to have strong representation in the EU parliament – make sure our MEP’s stick up for us, keep to a solid British agenda.
But do not forget how it can go so wrong when we stop talking and start fighting and given half a chance people seem to love fighting each other. The bottom line is we must never go to war with our European neighbours not ever – to guarantee that you have to stay at the top table in the E.U. and ensure we get our fair share of the spoils. Of course we would do great if we came out just as the pro-Brexit people say we would, but how do we sort out disputes that will arise over the coming years?

For me it is so easy to decide – we have insurance being in the E.U. that we will never fight with any E.U. member. Come out of the E.U. and history shows us that given time we would end up fighting – saying we won’t was said just prior to every conflict we have had during the last few hundred years. Stay in the E.U. and we are with our mates, and we do get along for the most part – the best thing is knowing with certainty that we will never go to war again with anyone in the E.U. That’s not the only argument for staying in the E.U. but when you think how bad it was. Is worrying about not being able to buy overly curved bananas because we are in the E.U. a reason to leave?

So on the 23rd June when you have your opportunity to vote in the referendum my advice would be to stay in, stay in, stay in, as it is rock solid insurance we will be at peace with one another.

Jeremy.


Thursday, 24 March 2016

Jeremy's Easter Blog 2016

Easter at White House Farm was always a big family event, almost as huge as Christmas. Anthony and Jackie would visit every year bringing their current partners with them. In later years Colin used to come to celebrate Easter when he was with Sheila and after Nicholas and Daniel were born they would all come.

On Easter Sunday morning, mum and dad would go off to the Church service at St Nicholas Church, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, usually going on their own, although Sheila would occasionally go with them but me, Jackie and Anthony never joined them. Upon Mum and Dad’s return we would all sit down to enjoy a huge roast dinner, usually a big joint of lamb, after which we would exchange Easter eggs. Then it was time for the best part of the day.

Mum used to get about thirty tiny chocolate eggs and wrap them in shiny paper. She would go into the garden after dinner hiding these eggs all over in places like hedges and the rose bushes. We would all rush out to see how many eggs we could find. It was great when you did find one, taking it to mum to trade for one of the larger eggs she had placed in a basket.

By the evening we'd all sit in front of a roaring open fire dad had built in the sitting room roasting marshmallows in the flames. I used to love making toast in the fire and then melting chocolate from one of my eggs on to it—delicious.  We’d all get a bit tipsy apart from mum who would just have a sherry.

Dad enjoyed smoking and was a twenty a day man but he always gave up cigarettes for Lent. He could then be a bit grumpy for a couple of days but it soon wore off and when Lent was over he would start smoking again. I can remember dad sitting back with a contented smile on his face, watching his family gorging on chocolate like there was no tomorrow. After an evening filled with fun, silly games, great conversation and laughter, as well as bits of shiny paper everywhere and immense amounts of chocolate, it would be time for bed. We’d often feel sick from the amount of chocolate we had eaten but very happy too.

We don’t get Easter eggs in jail, but with my freedom just around the corner, I know that next year I will be enjoying Easter with friends, feasting on all the different eggs available these days.

Happy Easter to you all.


Jeremy.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Mother's Day Sunday 6th March 2016

"Dear Mum and Dad 

I wish with all my heart that I could be there to read my letter to you myself but it won’t be long now before justice will be done and I will be able to visit you myself.

Dad, I know that you hated injustice and would have never let me suffer as I have done for the past 30 years for a crime I did not commit. It must be heartbreaking for you looking down seeing me being punished for no reason but that the British Justice system has failed me.

I am so very proud of you and I was lucky enough to get hold of your war records some time ago dad, and they are fascinating. I can picture you flying your mosquito, and imagine what a terrific pilot you must have been taking part in so many missions. And mum, well only last week I was astounded when I received your war records. I knew that you had served with the FANY’S but you never spoke to anyone very much about your time serving your country in India, Ceylon and the Far East and I was amazed when I read that you had been a part of the Special Operations Executive, which as far as I know is like a predecessor to the SAS. Wow! It made me cry to see your signature on the documents, as I didn’t have any idea that you were so accomplished and I feel so honoured to have had such brave parents.

There are many times when I feel overwhelmed with sadness because my fight for justice means that Sheila is put centre stage, which of course is right I suppose, but her mental health illness means that she was not culpable for her actions in a legal sense. You both know how close Sheila and I were and the happy times we shared together. I will always love my sister as I will always love you both. It saddens me every day that I did not have a greater understanding of the suffering Sheila endured with her schizophrenia, and how fragile she was needing so much more help than we ever realized. I vow though that when I achieve my freedom I will do all I can to honour not only Sheila’s memory and will do all that I can to help organisations which help with people who suffer from mental health issues. 

I will never stop fighting against the injustice of my wrongful conviction or to put the record straight about you and about Sheila. People have over the years said such cruel and untrue things about you when you were all caring, kind and gentle people who would do whatever you could to help others and this has deeply upset me. I miss you all every moment of every day but I hope you are proud of the man I am and the determination I have to continue fighting. I do have people who are there for me, friends who stand by me and help every day in my fight for both for my freedom and your honour. I am not on my own and I don’t want you to worry because it won’t be long now before I’ll be sitting in that little churchyard myself and will be able to visit your grave in person.

I Love you with all my heart.

Jeremy"





Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Jeremy's 55th Birthday - 13th January

This week I will be turning 55 and I know I am lucky to have reached this age. I know my last thirty years have not seemed that great and to a point that’s true but to moan is so self-indulgent when I think of all those poor flood victims who didn’t deserve their lives to be turned upside down with events which may devastate their lives for years. Plus I’ve been watching the awful conflicts in Syria and Iraq and in so many Middle Eastern Countries, the awful deaths of civilians and troops; the displacement of peoples; the loss of everything, no one has done anything to deserve that, to suffer such dreadful loss, so here’s me moaning about my miscarriage of justice and I feel that so many others have equal and worse things to deal with.

However I do have a point and it’s maybe a little self-focused but justice around the world was and still is built on our so called “Great British Justice” but it’s got flaws and because the system takes so long to fix them it exports those flaws all around the world. Human Rights, our leader’s crow, have failed in this and that country, but they choose to be completely blind to the dreadful Human Rights failings in our own country. Not that it affects me too much right now, but the cuts in legal aid have really changed prison life in ways I’m not permitted to talk about in letters. Though these things are mild when compared to the Human Rights failings in our Criminal Justice System.

The State knows that my case is one that exposes a huge flaw in our Criminal Legal System, but in not fixing it, they continue to export and promote a system, which isn’t fit for purpose. In today’s terminology it has a bad program fault that seeps infection throughout the whole system.
My case if fixed, will improve the lives of many now and thousands in the future because it will make our Justice System better and almost honest, which it isn’t at the moment. If they don’t fix my case it proves the complete system is really corrupt because knowing and doing nothing is still corrupt.
So my birthday. Sure I’m almost old but I’m still fit and still fighting. The case is almost won and my freedom restored. I can’t say why or how but people involved in getting me convicted should be packing bags ready for some time in jail and it’s 100% fact this will happen, although I know in the coming weeks they will bluster and bleat many times, before as they have over the last 30 years. But, now we know that many just simply lied and lied and lied and disclosure has provided us with proof of that which cannot be denied.

So 2016 is the year where truth triumphs over all those mean and knowing lies. It sounds like I’m just saying this as some hollow bluster because I cannot say what we know. I’m “On advice” (a legal term) and allowed to say absolutely nothing but what I can say is that we now know the truth, almost the whole truth, almost, almost, and it won’t be too long before it is stated before the Lord Chief Justice and other Senior Appeal Judges. Those who have lied are soon to be exposed and brought to justice and that is going to be my belated birthday present of that I do feel sure.

Jeremy.





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