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My apologies to Gilbert & Sullivan for ‘modifying’ the lyrics to the Lord Chancellor’s song in Iolanthe
I am sure you will be able to locate a true and real analysis of The Queen’s Speech on Google.
I shall leave you with this modification…back soon…adios for now
When I didn’t go to the Bar as a very young man
(Said I to myself — said I).
When I didn’t go to the Bar as a very young man,
(Said I to myself–said I),
I’ll work on a new and original plan,
(Said I to myself–said I),
I’ll never assume that a rogue or a thief
Is a gentleman worthy implicit belief,
Because his attorney won’t be getting a brief,
(Said I to myself–said I!).
Ere I go into the House I won’t read my brief through
(Said I to myself–said I),
And I’ll always take work the Bar is able to do
(Said I to myself-said I),
My learned profession I’ll do my best to disgrace
By taking their fees with a grin on my face,
When I haven’t been there to attend to the case
(Said I to myself–said I!).
For something serious – have a listen to my podcast with Michael Turner QC?
If you had any doubts about ‘external investment’ in the legal system in England & Wales…. Neil Rose’s article on Eddie Stobart will inform / amuse / irritate you!
Stobart Barristers sets sights on criminal legal aid contract
Stobart Barristers – the direct access service run by the famous logistics company – has given a strong indication that it will bid for the new criminal legal aid contracts the government is set to offer under price competitive tendering…..
He said the current model – with large numbers of firms doing identical work while fees are falling – was “unsustainable”. Even if they start to merge, that will not wipe out “the legacy of debt” most carry. He described criminal law practices as “very wounded animals ready to die”.
It would appear that Group Legal Director and founder, Trevor Howarth, has ‘form’… experience of the law as practice manager for the firm of celebrity solicitor Nick ‘Mr Loophole (TM)’ Freeman.Will the Stobart trucks used to ferry their lawyers to court be named as the trucks are for shipping goods? Could keep us amused ‘spotting them’…
You may be interested in listening to my podcast with Michael Turner QC, Chairman of The Criminal Bar, on legal aid reforms and the rise of ‘external investment and involvement’ in the legal profession?
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“High court judge rules Andrew Tinkler and legal director Trevor Howarth may have lied to secure gagging order on whistleblower”
Not an ideal start for a company wishing to provide legal services – if true?
I have marvelled, as many others have, at the antics of the Kippers in the run up to the local elections. After the extraordinary report of a Kipper – the article headline says it all… Physical exercise prevents you becoming gay, claims UK councillor candidate…“ John Sullivan, a UKIP party candidate, up for election next week, has made a series of anti-gay Facebook comments, including congratulating Russia for banning gay Pride, and comparing gays to termites” – I didn’t think it could become any more farcical.
But… today, the Kipper in Chief excelled himself by revealing that one of his candidates was not giving a ‘Nazi’ salute…he was imitating a pot plant.
NIGEL Farage has defended a Ukip candidate who was pictured seemingly giving a Nazi salute, offering the bizarre explanation that he was actually “imitating a pot plant”.
Nigel Unter Den Linden was quoted in the articles…” “I’ve looked carefully into this and spoken to Alex, and I believe him when he says that he was angrily trying to take a camera off his girlfriend who was annoyingly taking pictures of him in the pub imitating a pot plant,” he told the Huffington Post.
“These things happen – I should know!”
I am not at all sure that we need politicians – local or national – who want to imitate pot plants. The Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling is quite enough to contend with for the present.
Well…there we are… ain’t UK politics a larf….. ?
The problem of costly and spurious cases clogging up the courts will be tackled by new plans for Trial by Ordeal announced by Justice Secretary Killaburglar Grayling LC.
The proposals would reduce the number of ill-founded defences so that guilty people can be dealt with more swiftly and effectively.
The changes will not alter the important role the CPS plays in holding the guilty to account but will instead deal with the unnecessary defence lawyers in the system. The number of not guilty verdicts has rocketed in the past three decades.
Lord KillaBurglar Grayling LC said:
‘The Government is concerned about the burdens that proving guilt in criminal cases are placing on stretched public services as well as the unnecessary costs and lengthy delays which are stifling innovation and economic growth – particularly in the prisons construction sector headed by our friends in the prisons biz, now they have recovered from the Olympics fiasco.
‘We plan to renew the system so that Prosecutions will continue their important role but the courts and economy are no longer hampered by having to deal with defences being put forward and ensure the defendant knows they have no chance of success. We will publish our proposals shortly.’
The measures which will be considered include:
- Shortening the length of time following arrest of guilty people so that they can be put to Trial by Ordeal within 24 hours and stopping people from using tactical delays including the employment of counsel to defend them.
- Halving the number of opportunities currently available to guilty people to demonstrate their skills by taking forward planned action to bang them up in advance of their actions
- Reforming the current fees paid to lawyers to such a level to dissuade them from even thinking about acting pro bono
A public engagement exercise on the plans will be carried out shortly and kicked into the long grass for implementation after 2015.
Mea culpa – for the nonsense above – but I marvel at times… I really do.
Adam Wagner of the excellent UK Human Rights blog – thankfully – had time to deal with this issue of the MoJ plans on Judicial Review – more seriously – an excellent read: A war on Judicial Review? [updated]
Back later or on the morrow with a very detailed Report on The Jag Rouge UK Tour…. and news of a Mk7 kevlar rouge painted helmet and flak jacket so I am fully protected when I meet the great British public for voxpops on what they think of our legal system!
The Spectator has a version of the story – it would appear that Virgin (who one is sure were not in any way influenced by future Government decisions on the West Coast Railway line) have another version
Planning a move to Kent for six months for the end of next week and then the beginning of my Van Rouge / Cuppa tour (Details below). Being sensible, I have decided to find a base to return to at weekends. If I can pull off the tour (I am getting good sponsor interest and many from twitter offering a bed for the night – which is most kind!), I can cover much of England & Wales over six months 4-5 days a week -. I may be a bit blogging light over the next week as I organise this.
However, I hope to do a Postcard From the Staterooms at Battersea-on-Thames – my last from Battersea, tomorrow.
Back later or tomorrow…
Not feeling too bright – Manflu. The above rather sums up my thinking this evening…if one can call it ‘thinking’.
The August silly season ends soon… thankfully..back with podcasts and Law Weekly Reviews soon.
Enjoy the Paralympics – that IS a testament to courage and human endeavour.
Bonfire of The Vanities II (2012)
A Cecil B De Charon film
Cecil B de Charon’s Battersea-on-Thames ‘homage’ to Tom Wolfe’s original satire stars Julian Assange as the “master of the universe,” a fearless exposer of secrets and truthtalkstopowerista, who leaks millions of documents while enjoying the good life in the Ecuador Embassy in Knightsbridge, London. Glenn Greenwald, Guardianistacomlately, and Assange are living the dream on twitter when they take a wrong turn and find themselves facing the omnipotence of ……the David Allen Green, Mythbuster.
What could possibly go wrong?…
And.. on that note… have a most excellent bank holiday weekend…I’ll be back with a Postcard over the weekend… if I am not rendited or denounced. Adios, for now..as we say in Quito…¡Ay, caramba!
The New Statesman must correct its error over Assange and extradition
Mr Greenwald has written – in The Guardian: “The claim that Swedish courts, not government, have final say on extradition is a crucial mistake that distorts the Assange case”
The story continues…..as I observed above.. what could possibly go wrong?
And then… there was this tweet from a Swedish academic:
@ggreenwald is now ordering the actual source on which he relied to retract his dissent. Priceless.
@sunny_hundal yes, in parts both DAG and GG are right, but also that both are wrong, at least in some parts of their texts
And.. a useful piece: How do you write about foreign legal systems – The Guardian style guide
And… truly.. my final tweet to all of the above on this:
I hesitate, in the present climate on twitter, to mention this – but Carl Gardner did a podcast with me some days before David Allen Green did his New Statesman piece and we drew on a number of sources in the discussion. We even talked about ‘myth busting’. I also thought an article by Owen Jones in The Independent was rather good – and referred to it in the podcast.
Carl Gardner has written extensively about the Assange issue for some time – which is why I wanted to do a podcast with him.
Mr Greenwald did suggest on twitter that I was being homophobic. That is not the case, nor was it my intention – I merely took the original film poster as a base – intending that a mild ‘parody’ might lighten the dark mood on twitter which the Assange issue has aroused. The arguments are important – the unpleasantness between ‘factions’ is unfortunate.
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Romeo Correo and Julian (2012)
Director: Julian Assange
A story of friendship between a South American president with an impeccable human rights record and a man of principle who wouldn’t even consider being discourteous to women…let alone…
The two men were
destined never to meet in person – thwarted by PC Capulet and Secretary of State Montague.
Had most enjoyable week orf wandering randomly about London on buses without looking at bus destination. Managed to fit in a bit of Olympics as well. Enjoyable. Returning to blogging on the morrow…
Mr Nit Romney doesn’t really ‘get’ Britain…which is just fine and dandy with me…. Yeee…Ha!!
And… in other news… Britain’s LOCOG cracks it and goes for GOLD!
Thank gawd for the British Army – who, it has to be said, have pitched in when some of them could have been on well earned leave after very recent Afghan deployment