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Archive for May, 2009

The graphics tablet I purchased t’other day continues to provide me with yet more opportunities to waste industrial amounts of time… but as I have now got bored with the drip feed of revelations by The Telegraph (unless something truly spectacular comes up on this front) I end my coverage of MP expenses with the CQC-artoon above and move on to other things…

Should you not be satiated beyond hyperventilation and schadenfreude orgasm…  I have collated my observations, caption pics et al here:

MP expenses and other political matters in the last two weeks He’s Ducked | The end of the beginning.. the beginning of the end? | Is there a danger that democracy is being undermined? | Podcast with Tom Harris MP on expenses and other matters (including twitter) | A Parliament of Crooks? | 16th May Postcard: The Exorcist returns to The House | A personal Statement from Rex Charon MP | Podcast with Carl Gardner on MP Expenses – The potential criminal offences | It’s a Moat point | It’s a dog’s life… but someone has to pay for it | Until the going down of the sun… we shall remember them | 9-10th May Postcard from John Lewis | Milking a cow is a bit like milking expenses |

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Fairly busy writing Blawg Review #214 for Monday 1st June… It may be that I have lost the plot because it appears to be over 12 feet long already… an anaconda of a Blawg Review… well there we are, but at least it is comprehensive …I even manage to get @Geeklawyer in despite the fact that he managed to leave me and a host of others outwhen he hosted Blawg Review – Prince of Darkness edition.

The Telegraph continues to reveal tales of woe about MP expenses, the latest furore being that Cabinet Ministers and up to 30 MPs have claimed tax advice on expenses.  The Inland Revenue is now investigating these expenses as expenses incurred in complying with tax laws are not deductaible, apparently…. so there may be a few more cheques for the politicans to write. I can’t be bothered to give The Telegraph any more links – so here is the story from The Independent.

Laters…

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CQC-artoon… 26 May…

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26th May: News, law reports, latest from the blogs – up on Insite Law

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Blawg Review #213

Blawg Review #213 – Towel edition… is up at Cyber Law Central – it is fun and you also get to see quite a few well known bloggers from the States, including the mysterious ED of Blawg Review (and bloggers from other parts of the universe) – go and take a look… but, you’ll need to take your towel with you.

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24th May: Postcard from Belmarsh

I write to you this Bank Holiday weekend from HMP Belmarsh where I have been on a private fact finding mission to see if they have enough places to accommodate delinquent MPs who have overdone the expenses bit.  Thankfully, because of Jack ”The Lad Chancellor’ Straw’s obsession with banging people up we do appear to have sufficient and  appropriate accommodation should MPs be charged, convicted and jailed for their Green Book abuses.


I didn’t even buy a bathplug, says London Mayor Boris, who somehow racked up maximum expenses and The Independent headlines today…

Brown calls Blair in to No 10 for secret talks as crisis mounts

Apparently, the prime mentalist is going to come up with a national plan for Britain.  Unfortunately, as Gordon will be the author of this plan, it is unlikely to include post traumatic stress disorder treatment on losing his job as PM.

The trouble with the MPs overdoing the expenses issue is that people start to say that The Telegraph drip feed of revelations week after week is undermining democracy.  It also gives the senior British godbotherers, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, a chance to give their possibly unwelcome contribution to the hard political debate.  On reflection, I do not think commentators are right when they say that faith in democracy is being undermined.  The British may not be the most politically interested people on earth, but they are well able to exercise their right to vote when their passions are roused.  Democracy is not being undermined… we just need a few new MPs… well maybe quite a lot of MPs …  to replace those who are being sacked, or  standing down  and those who may well find themselves making mailbags or crushing rocks when PC Plod comes calling.

The Palace has been in the news – first with news that BNP leader, Nick Griffin, is going to the garden party as a guest of a BNP councillor and, secondly, with news that a Palace chauffeur has been suspended who allegedly gave undercover reporters access to sensitive areas of the building.’ (BBC)

The Godbotherers are calling for people to think carefully about voting in the 4th June elections and warning people not to be driven into the hands of the BNP – a totally ludicrous bunch of rather ineffectual bigots who are, clearly, unable to run a leaflet campaign, let alone a country. Finkelstein of The Times has the story… “BNP voters don’t exist and their leaflet is a lie” … Onanists.

On a European election campaign poster, the BNP has used an image of Jesus suggesting that he would vote for the party. Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said the church should stay out of politics. I tend to agree.  Frankly, the sooner we move towards formal secularism in our state the better off we will be.  If, then, people wish to worship something that does / does not / may exist – let them – but at least religion (of any type)  will no longer be an insidious influence on the political decision making of this country.  Alistair Campbell was right to intervene when Blair was in power to say ‘We don’t do God’.

When two tribes go to war…

My intentionally provocative post about a possible future for the legal profession has attracted some fascinating comments.  They are worth reading.  If you have time and the inclination, I would welcome your contribution to the debate.

Tonight, I shall be drinking some fine wine – for my first and second wine column Charon’s Noble Rot.  I shall also, inevitably, be on Twitter with other denizens of twitterworld.  T’is amusing and if they are about you may care to join me / us?

I have purchased a graphics tablet… let me introduce you to Charles… a Northern barrister with attitude… the Freddie Truman of the Northern Circuit… he will be bowling fast and at you… (PS… this is just prototype…based on a drawing I found –  to get used to the tablet.. the next version will be the real thing… maybe! )

Off to enjoy a bit of sun… and do a bit of Smokedo… laters…

Best, as always

Charon

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