Lord Justice Sedley, the Hilaire Belloc quoting, Lord of Appeal, says the current database, which holds DNA from crime suspects and scenes, was "indefensible" because he says it is unfair and inconsistent.
His insane response to the problems (not even mentioning the 500,000 mis-labeled samples revealed last week by the Home Office) is to add the whole population and every single visitor. This of course chimes with Tony Blair's demands for such a policy while visiting the London HQ of the Forensic Science Service.
Lord Justice Sedley spoke last year on the 13th may about "Sex, Libels and Video-surveillance" and garnered an adequate measure of column inches - not the usual result of being asked to give the Annual Blackstone Lecture, at Pembroke College, Oxford
He said inter alia many things about the News of the Screws and George Galloway ...
I want to suggest, first, that privacy – prominently but not solely private sexual activity, which sells so many newspapers – is something which our law does not yet adequately protect ...The same legal brain can however accept that the state may invade our privacy - and even that of our visiting uncles, aunts in such a gross way.
More column inches on the way M'lud.
Incidentally the forthcoming (Oct 22nd) trial of Mr Castree for the murder of Lesley Molseed who has been identified by DNA "lost" by the West Yorkshire Police looks set to be very interesting... readers will recall the circumstances it was lost and how Mr Stefan Kisko was locked up as a a result by further falsification of evidence. See previous posts