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Archive for October 5th, 2009

It occurred to me, as I sat on a five hour train journey from Truro in Cornwall to London yesterday that if the Tories win we shall be governed again by chaps from Eton….

I was detained for some years at a public school in Scotland – which I enjoyed, as it happens – but I rebelled against their ethos as soon as I left, ran amok and now people express surprise when I say that I vote labour.  Why?… I have no idea.

I rather like this Cyril Connolly quote about Eton…

Were I to deduce any system from my feelings on leaving Eton, it might be called The Theory of Permanent Adolescence. It is the theory that the experiences undergone by boys at the great public schools, their glories and disappointments, are so intense as to dominate their lives and to arrest their development. From these it results that the greater part of the ruling class remains adolescent, school-minded, self-conscious, cowardly, sentimental, and in the last analysis homosexual.”

It certainly gives a new meaning to the phrase… “I had the odd fag when I was at Eton.”

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Ideas…a bad one… and a poetic one…

I had just eaten a very late breakfast (at 6.30 in the evening) of brown toast, creamy scrambled eggs cooked to a ‘method’ prescribed by Gordon Ramsay (It appealed to my sense of the surreal to use a top Chef’s cookbook to make scrambled eggs) and smoked salmon – when I read that the Tories have a wonderfully half cooked scrambled egg of an idea…

….To let the public get involved in drafting/re-writing legislation at what will be called, The Register reports, ‘The Public Reading Stage’.

I can’t wait to get ‘mullahed’ (sic) on Rioja, sit down at my laptop with a woodbine and start drafting in my ‘thoughts’ on new legislation in some form of government legislation Wiki.  The more drunk I get, the harsher shall become the penalties for non-complaince… and, thus far, I am only proposing 40 lashes with a cat of nine tails in the market square for non-compliance with the ‘revised’ Sale of Goods Act 2010.  I would imagine I will be quite happy, as the Rioja hits my cerebral cortex,  to propose transportation to FRANCE for rather more serious matters.

This idea of the Tories could be even more farcical than Labour’s No 10 petitions.  Many a happy hour has been spent  by pissed up nutters drafting petitions to propose the removal of Gordon Brown and other Cabinet Ministers – for totally spurious reasons, of course.

As the Register says…

Luddites might suggest that the public already have plenty of avenues to express their views on legislation – not least the fact that they can give the OK to parties’ manifestos every five years or so in the general election.

Of course, expecting people to get off their backsides and get down to a polling station before having their views ignored is dreadfully old-fashioned and inefficient.

By contrast, the “public reading stage” will mean MPs can in future be hijacked by wingnuts and ignore the common sense majority in real time

And now for some poetically different…

Along with banging on endlessly about the benefits of legal  technology, journalist & blogger Charles Christian also publishes the   Ink Sweat & Tears poetry and prose webzine. Launched in early 2007,   Ink Sweat rapidly established an international reputation with new,   fresh poetry and prose published daily. Today a massive 8500+ readers   visit the site every week – which is enormous in a market where many   publications struggle by with just a few hundred readers. Charles says   “this is publishing for the iPod generation. Forget about waiting  months for even an acknowledgement, with Ink Sweat, contributors   receive an acceptance (or rejection) within 24 hours and are likely to  see their work published within a month”.

Try your hand at a bit of Tennyson, ST Coleridge (He used to get a bit high when he wrote…..?

Well… you know who to contact.  Don’t tell him I sent you – this could prejudice publication !!  Charles knows about the nonsense I write on here.

In Luton town, did Charon Khan, a stately pleasure dome decree,

Where Rioja, the scared wine, ran through caverns  measureless to man ….

down to a sunless sea.

My apologies to ST Coleridge

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Lynn Johansen, Graduate Recruitment Partner – Clifford Chance

I talk to Lynn Johansen – graduate recruitment partner at Clifford Chance,  about the qualities needed by prospective applicants to Clifford Chance (which are applicable to most City firms), the application process and the training given to young lawyers. She also discusses the Clifford Chance Pro Bono programme which is a major feature of the Clifford Chance ethos.

Listen to the podcast

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