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Month: December, 2013

Rogue Males

The Ministry of Justice in England and Wales last week repealed and removed from the statute book the offence of “being an incorrigible rogue”.

The Vagrancy Act of 1824 which introduced the offence aimed to punish “idle and disorderly persons and rogues and vagabonds”.

It was brought in to deal with problems in England following the Napoleonic Wars as large numbers of soldiers were discharged on to the streets with no job and no accommodation.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines an “incorrigible” person as someone “not able to be changed or reformed”.

Blueprint Brief – 18th December 2013
Source: The Independent, 12 December 2013.

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High Times

The US state of Colorado is set to legalise the sale of recreational marijuana from 1 January 2014.

One of Colorado’s leading newspapers, the Denver Post, has appointed Ricardo Baca as its marijuana editor.

blueprint brief – 11th December 2013
Source: New York Times, 9 December 2013.

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If you have to borrow £200 from payday lender Wonga for 10 days you will pay an annual percentage rate (APR) of 5,853 per cent.

If, on the other hand, you go into unauthorised use of your overdraft by £200 for the same period Halifax will charge you an APR of 344,421 per cent while RBS will charge you 1,441,791 per cent and Lloyds TSB will sting you a scarcely believable 53,099,884 per cent, according to the Office of Fair Trading.

Blueprint Brief – 4th December
Source: The Spectator, Barometer, 30 November 2013.