leg-iron (leg_iron) wrote,
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The lawyer's DNA

It's very hard to feel sympathy for a lawyer.

This one just lost her £150,000 job because her DNA is on the national database.

She must have done something terrible, surely? Well, it turns out she hasn't done anything at all. She's one of those who was arrested but not charged, but her DNA is on file anyway. Her employer's check showed that her DNA was on file for an unfounded allegation, and they sacked her.

That's her crime - being on the database. So, I wonder how keen Paul Flynn, a Labour MP in Newport, is to be on that database? He's one of the loudest 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' shouters out there. He has commiited no crime so being on the database holds no fear for him. So he says. He has yet to prove that.

Simply being on the database can get you fired. Even if you are never charged with anything. Even if the heinous crime you were arrested for amounts to trying to get your child into a good nursery, and you weren't even charged with that. Even if you're a high-powered City lawyer. Is it any wonder that the rest of us aren't too happy about it?

This must be good news though, surely? Now it's affected a high-flying lawyer, she'll champion the anti-snooper cause and get all those innocents off the database. Well, no.

Ms Elliott was just about to take up working on the government's own national identity card scheme which required the routine checks to be made before she was 'cleared' for the role.
But she is now fighting Home Office red tape to have her name removed from the database as an 'exceptional case' - and relaunch her legal career.


No, she's only interested in herself. To hell with the rest of us. She wants to work on a national database so she needs the rest of us on it. She just doesn't want to be on it herself. Everyone else is going to suffer exactly what she has just suffered, and yet her goal is to help run the very system she's just been ruined by.

It's very hard indeed to feel any sympathy for this particular lawyer.

So I won't.

UPDATE: The story has mysteriously vanished. Already. Winston Smith must be in overdrive.

UPDATE2: Longrider has a link to a Telegraph copy of the story that hasn't been cut yet.
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