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Archive for January 19th, 2009

Blawg Review #195, hosted by US Attorney Yolanda Young author of the  On being a Black Lawyer blog is up.

This BR is a good one, interesting to read and relaxed with some excellent content.  US centric, inevitably, given the theme.

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We shall never surrender…

Scott Greenfield’s Simple Justice blog is always worth dropping into. Scott is a prolific, thoughtful and enthusiastic blogger.  While we both Tweet away, socially in the main, I share his view that Twitter, amusing though it is, cannot provide the depth of analysis, comment, amusement and pleasure given by blogs.

Today, Scott has a piece entitled  “Silent Death in the Blawgosphere” … as always, worth reading.

I’m afraid, I just had to quote Churchill… and did so on his comments section.  I rehearse it again here…

CharonQC wrote:
To paraphrase and abuse Sir Winston Churchill… I can only offer blood, toil, sweat and tears… and this:

“We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in the blawgosphere, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our blawgs, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, the blawgosphere or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our imaginations beyond the seas, armed and guarded by our independence of thought and being , would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New Blawgosphere, shorn of Twitter, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”

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An old latin maxim.. “If the wind will not serve, take to the oars” is an apt metaphor for my post today. In The Telegraph this morning there is a report that  Jacqui Smith, arguably one of the least effective holders of the office of  Home Secretary in living memory, told MPs at a select committee hearing that out of 550,000 cases leading to arrests last year, 160,000 were dropped. The maths is fairly straightforward.  Roughly a third of cases don’t make the cut to prosecution.  Someone somewhere is doing something wrong;  but the good news is that the wasted expenditure pales into insignificance with the mind boggling figures being chucked at rapacious and incompetent bankers – many of whom are soon, effectively, to become servants of the state through government ownership of their bank.

The Telegraph reports: “It is eight times more than the number originally predicted by the Home Office when a new system was introduced, in which police handed to prosecutors the power of charging serious offences to help save time and money, and increase conviction rates at court.”

So, who is to blame? Are the Police being careless? Are the prosecutors incompetent?  Or is it just ‘circumstance’?  Perhaps the credit-crunch is to blame… or the  problem came from America?

The Telegraph hints at  the usual Great British *fuck up* with the passage…“The first review of the scheme found that present processes were “inconsistent, overly complex, inefficient and lacking in pragmatism, often leading to avoidable delays and frustration”.

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I just had to put this comment on the post page…!

Miss Chief, on January 19th, 2009 at 12:24 pm Said: Edit Comment

“Arguably one of the least effective”!?
She makes Reginald Maudling look like a political giant.
One the other hand, if your measure of effectiveness is to create a neo-fascist, authoritarian, surveillance based, snooper riddled, police state, then Jacqui Smuts is the greatest home secretary we have ever had.

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Daily legal news and podcast with major update on UK blogs section now up on Insite Law.

Sunday 18th January
That was the legal week that was….

Snapshots is a new idea for the magazine where I cover topical issues in more detail than I have space for on the front page. Read…

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