Former Director of Public Prosecutions crosses a line

November 4, 2013 9:09 am

The former Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, is interviewed by the BBC calling for failure to report suspicions of child abuse to be made a criminal offence. I agree entirely with that view, but it is for Parliament to decide on the law. It is for the newly appointed DPP to decide whether, in any particular case, if a prosecution were to be brought the prospect would be “more likely than not” that there would be a conviction, and whether a prosecution is in the public interest. We should be wary when individuals seek to expand the role and influence of a position beyond that which the Constitution has established. We abandon the principle of the primacy of Parliament at our peril.

To view the interview, click here.

Chris Whitehouse

November 4, 2013 9:09 am


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