Despite the fact that judges – like the police – are supposed to be the independent upholders of the law, Lord Justice Sedley has called for everyone to be on a DNA database.
Sedley says that the current system is unfair because only people who have been involved with the police are on the database. He cites the fact that people who are arrested but not charged or people who are convicted but subsequently acquitted have their DNA on the police database forever but rather than draw the obvious conclusion – that keeping DNA of innocent people is wrong and should be taken off the database – he concludes that every innocent person in the country should have their DNA profile stored on a police database.
Lucky for Lord Justice Sedley that the British government is going to force every citizen to hand over a DNA sample for a big database and that every child is going to appear on a childrens identity database which will no doubt be expanded to include DNA samples of children as well. But as this is all going to happen anyway, why does Sedley feel the need to ask for it anyway? The only reasonable conclusion is that he is promoting New Liebour policy which is highly inappropriate for a member of the judiciary.