Citizen editor: Niqab debate shows why Britain is great - freedom to choose and freedom of speech
GAYE and Glynn Williams have seen their fair share of headlines surrounding their conviction for benefit fraud.
Today, they have spoken out about what they have been through claiming she just didn't know the system.
This week it has been announced that benefit fraud could mean up to a 10-year prison sentence. And with a £1.9bn annual cost of the crime to the nation you can see why there needs to be a tougher stance.
Rightly so – many hard working people do not wish to see those abusing the system simply getting away with it or receiving a slap on the wrist.
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Yet, the benefit system can also be an absolute minefield and there must be flexibility within the justice system for varying degrees of criminality.
Free to air views
BRITAIN comes in for a fair bit of flak, not least from the people who live here.
But for all its faults, this writer wouldn't swap living here – after all, we have freedoms we take for granted which people in other countries have given their lives for. Freedoms which mean we are allowed to wear religious headgear and that others are able to express an opinion on it.
MP Dr Sarah Wollaston's comments on the niqab are very interesting and she is right that someone should not be labelled bigoted for raising the debate.
But what is great about this country is that while she is free to air her views, so too are women free to continue to wear the full veil and that is how it should be.
Well done to Tom
TOM Brindley must need to pinch himself from time to time.
After all, it is many an art school student's dream to wind up in the big time.
Okay, Burberry might be occasionally the designer of choice for the chav – we've all seen the copycat check pattern on every market stall going – but it is a highly sought after classic fashion house. What a training ground and we hope to see his own work at London Fashion Week in years to come.