It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
I’ll begin with full disclosure. Tim Kevan is a good friend but, in the honour between parodists – as Dr Strangelove of Muttley Dastardly would say – let’s not let friendship get in the way of a good review.
BabyBarista continues to drive his career to an inexorable end many years hence – as a Red judge in the High Court (and if I live long enough to read BabyBarista J’s judgments many years hence, I will, I am sure, enjoy their piquancy).
Law and Peace is a very good read and builds upon the amusement of Tim Kevan’s regular BabyBarista column in The Guardian and the first book BabyBarista and The Art of War.(now renamed Law and Disorder)
BabyBarista is populated with wonderful characters – few a credit to the legal profession, it has to be said – each with their own perspective on the changing legal landscape.
I enjoy the regular column and I have enjoyed both of the BabyBarista books published so far. I leave you with this extract from a recent BabyBarista post… to give you a flavour of the parodic content…
Have you heard that UpTights, OldSmoothie and HeadofChambers have all applied to be judges?” said TheCreep.
“Why on earth would anyone want to be a judge?” said BusyBody. “I can’t think of anything worse than having to sit around listening to barristers self-indulgently wittering on all day.”
“Not forgetting the nervous meanderings of witnesses,” said Teflon.
“And then there’s the laborious litigants-in-person with their fifty-page long arguments and reams of irrelevant evidence,” said TheCreep.
“Which is a little rich coming from a barrister who sometimes resembles a litigant-in-person,” said TheVamp.
“So why on earth do they want to do it?” asked BusyBody.
“Pensions, of course,” said OldSmoothie. “What little pension I had left after two divorces has now been destroyed in the financial crisis and I hardly think things are going to improve. I mean, it’s not as if there are even any quangos left to sit out one’s days in some degree of comfort.”
And.. if you wish to keep up to speed with BabyBarista or order the book…. no better place than BabyBarista’s own website.
While Abraham Lincoln once said…“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” This would not be an aphorism acceptable to BabyBarista. I hope you enjoy reading…..