"Not since 1641 and the abolition of the feared Court of Star Chamber, used by monarchs for political ends up until the civil war, have citizens been tried for really serious criminal offences on indictment in the absence of a jury.
However, the principle has now been limited by Parliament under the Criminal Justice Act 2003".
Thanks to New Labour the police state threw yet another coil of barbed wire around us today with the start of a trial with no jury, in case of 'juror nobbling'.
Thanks to all the morons who voted Labour in 1997, 2001 and 2005. Let's hope they come for you next, and nobody lifts a finger to help.
Full BBC report here.