Archive for May 14th, 2010

I’ve always enjoyed the version of GO WEST by The Pet Shop Boys…. delighted that it could not be more appropriate with the LibCon ‘Axis of Evil/Coalition’ (Delete to taste)… the YouTube Video is inspiring…

I really do not have to modify the words…  a perfect fit!

GO WEST Lyrics

Come on, come on, come on, come on

(Together) We will go our way
(Together) We will leave someday
(Together) Your hand in my hands
(Together) We will make our plans

(Together) We will fly so high
(Together) Tell all our friends goodbye
(Together) We will start life new
(Together) This is what we’ll do

(Go West) Life is peaceful there
(Go West) In the open air
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West) This is what we’re gonna do

(Go West, this is what we’re gonna do, Go West)

(Together) We will love the beach
(Together) We will learn and teach
(Together) Change our pace of life
(Together) We will work and strive

(I love you) I know you love me
(I want you) How could I disagree?
(So that’s why) I make no protest
(When you say) You will do the rest

(Go West) Life is peaceful there
(Go West) In the open air
(Go West) Baby you and me
(Go West) This is our destiny (Aah)

(Go West) Sun in wintertime
(Go West) We will do just fine
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West) this is what we’re gonna do

There where the air is free
We’ll be (We’ll be) what we want to be (Aah aah aah aah)
Now if we make a stand (Aah)
We’ll find (We’ll find) our promised land (Aah)

(I know that) There are many ways
(To live there) In the sun or shade
(Together) We will find a place
(To settle) Where there’s so much space

(Without rush) And the pace back east
(The hustling) Rustling just to feed
(I know I’m) Ready to leave too
(So that’s what) We are gonna do

(What we’re gonna do is
Go West) Life is peaceful there
(Go West) There in the open air
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West) This is what we’re gonna do

(Life is peaceful there)
Go West (In the open air)
Go West (Baby, you and me)
Go West (This is our destiny)

Come on, come on, come on, come on

(Go West) Sun in wintertime
(Go West) We will feel just fine
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West) This is what we’re gonna do


And when you have listened to GO WEST…

Why not try

Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin


I am looking forward to the Labour Leadership elections.  🙂

It doesn’t make me a bad person… quite the opposite.. but I have resolved to do more serious law analysis… about time… that I used my interest in law to FOCUS ?

And then…

Pet Shop Boys – What Have (We) Done To Deserve This?

God….  they must have been able to look into the future 🙂


Probably just as well that I am not going to be invited to do work with the Tories / Lib-Dems… am I bovvered?  Nah…

Have a great weekend


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Today I have been fairly productive – a bit of real work, a podcast on the civil liberty reforms and fixed parliament rules set out in the Coalition agreement with Carl Gardner and I have been shoehorning the word ‘game-changing’ into as many conversations as possible.  I even managed to say to a client that I would come up with some game-changing advice over the weekend. He seemed to appreciate it and expressed enthusiasm. He’s a good friend so he won’t mind my raising this on the blog.  In fact, I rather suspect he’ll get me back quickly with some other cliche.  I would not, ordinarily, discuss client or business matters!

A number of law bloggers and I plan to keep a very close watch on how well the new government implement their ambitious reforms.  They may not have the money, which would be understandable, but if they don’t, I am sure they will tell us.

Guido is on the ball with this…

Farm-Gate : Spelman’s Agri-Business, Bio-Tech Lobbying Past

On the campaign trail David Cameron said

“It is the next big scandal waiting to happen. It’s an issue that crosses party lines and has tainted our politics for too long, an issue that exposes the far-too-cosy relationship between politics, government, business and money.”

This week Cameron appointed Caroline Spelman to be the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  Obviously he feels that nanny-gate is all water under the bridge. Spelman’s long history in agricultural politics and lobbying somehow makes her an ideal candidate for the job in his judgment.

Will Spelman be the first to break the Ministerial Code in record time?

Reading the Evening Standard this evening I saw a rather sad picture of the prime minister stuck in traffic. He has given up with the Police escort outriders.  I understand the need to show that savings are being made, but on a day when Stephen Timms was stabbed by a 21 year old woman in his constituency surgery, security is important – quite apart from the need for the PM to get about London quickly.  I can’t imagine any voters will begrudge him police outriders and I hope he re-instates them. The BBC report states that Timms’ injuries are not life threatening – but this is shocking.  We must ensure that MPs are given adequate protection – although, I suspect, that this stabbing could not have been predicted by anyone.  I wish Stephen Timms a speedy recovery.

Neuberger warning over judicial independence

Only one Master of the Rolls has been executed since the office was created in the 13th century but the job can still sometimes feel precarious, Lord Neuberger has suggested.  Interesting article.

College of Law royally buggers up its results:  RollonFriday arse from elbow award

Tut tut… Buggering up the results can happen to any law school… I know… I used to run BPP law School.  Admin goes awol sometimes – but why did the Criminal law tutor think it was a good idea to write an angry email to students warning them not to contact the press.

RollonFriday reports:  “A spokeswoman for the College said that they were very sorry for the delay and that the results were up by 1pm. She added that the email warning students not to contact the press was sent by a tutor in a personal capacity and was not sanctioned by the College.”  I can believe that!

Leigh Day charges £105 million (yes, £105,000,000) for Trafigura case

Normally a law firm would be subject to fat cattery ridicule/anger/vituperation for this eye watering claim – but I suspect in this case,  some will think it poetic justice given Trafigura’s antics earlier in the year with superinjunctions.  Good stuff… or should I say… good stuffing?!  (RollonFriday)

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Today I am talking to Carl Gardner, ex government lawyer and author of the Head of Legal blog,  about the proposed fixed term parliament, the 55% dissolution rule and the reforms as set out in the Lib-Con Coalition agreement.

It is a wide ranging discussion and also examines the role of the new Lord Chancellor, Ken Clarke and the appointment of Dominic Grieve and Edward Gardner as Attorney-General and Solicitor-General respectively

(38 minutes)

Listen to the podcast

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With apologies to Gilbert & Sullivan, Trial by Jury

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