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The JC Leader: Hassell must go.. and an honest mistake

The Jewish Chronicle Leader column from January 12, 2018

    Mary Hassell
    Mary Hassell

    An honest mistake

    We all make mistakes.

    As a general principle, what matters most afterwards is how we attempt to deal with them. Dig in, and the impact can be worsened.

    Apologise properly and attempt to rectify the error and a disaster can be turned on its head. Shakira Martin’s apology after the NUS omitted — for the second time in six months — Judaism from a survey of its members’ religious affiliations is definitely an example of the latter.

    By offering such a full and obviously heartfelt apology, Ms Martin has turned the mistake to her own, and everyone else’s advantage —  showing not only her sincerity in regretting the mistake but also that her promise to Jewish students is genuine.


    Hassell must go

    Over the past few weeks, the JC has focused on the appalling behaviour or Mary Hassell, senior coroner of the St Pancras Coroner’s Court.

    An official complaint has now been lodged with the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office. It is to be hoped that this is the first step towards her removal. As we show this week, she is alone among coroners in Britain in her refusal to make the least accommodation with Jews and Muslims.

    She is unfit for her office and must go. 

     

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