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Archive for May 14th, 2013

As our Prime Minister panders to the shield munching beserkers on the Tory back benches … my Word du Jour has to be Borborygmus: The rumbling sound of gas passing through the intestine, Tory Backbench dissent on Europe.

(Berserkers (or berserks) were Norse warriors who are reported in the Old Norse literature to have fought in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury, a characteristic which later gave rise to the English word berserk. Wikipedia)

Not to be outdone by the shield munchers, Michael Gove revealed on the Andrew Marr programme last Sunday  that he is quite relaxed about coming out of Europe…and, it would seem, relies on UK Gold and  a survey of 2000 11 to 16 year olds by Premier Inn to aid him in formulating education policy.

This wonderful Freedom of Information request reveals the full horror…Details of surveys underpinning Michael Gove’s assertion in Mail on Sunday re teenagers’ lack of historical knowledge

It really is worth a read…if only to raise a wry smile as we live through ‘unusual times’ in The United Dystopia of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Paul Bernal in his excellent blog ‘Extracts the Michael’ with an amusing parody of the Mr Men books…

Mr Gove was extraordinarily arrogant.

Painfully arrogant.

He believed that he knew how everything should be done. He believed that everyone else in the world was stupid and ignorant.

The problem was, Mr Gove himself was the one who was ignorant….

It goes on… do read, if you haven’t already seen it and need a larf.

It was only a matter of time before The Kippers would provide yet more amusement… although this time… a rather unpleasant example of the UKIP constituency…

The Worcester News reports: 

UKIP county councillor Eric Kitson facing the sack for posting racist comments on Facebook

“A NEW UKIP councillor in Worcestershire has sparked fury amid allegations he unleashed a series of racist abuse online.

Eric Kitson, who won a seat in Stourport just 11 days ago, is facing the sack today over a whole raft of anti-Muslim, anti-Jewish Facebook posts.

Among the most shocking is a cartoon of a Muslim being spit-roasted on a fire fuelled by copies of the Koran.

In one comment he said in reference to Muslim women: “Hang um all first then ask questions later.”…..

The report continues.  The matter is being investigated by Kipper High Command.  Apparently, Mr Kitson is saying that he only put these items on Facebook (some time ago) to draw attention to the unpleasant attitudes of others.  Well…that’s OK then?

If Mr Kitson is sacked – it must be a record for the shortest ‘reign’ as a UK Councillor?

Back to a spot of Law…

The Law Society appears to have persuaded our revered Lord Chancellor, a man not burdened by legal knowledge, to meet with 30 solicitors who practice in criminal law to discuss the proposed reforms to legal aid and PCT.

I was told recently that The Lord Chancellor was not keen to talk with the Criminal Bar Association – so I talked to Michael Turner QC, Chairman of the CBA, in a recent podcast on the crisis in legal aid. 

“Marilyn Vitte and Dan Bunting. A Pupil and a Barrister. THEY, Mr. Grayling, are the backbone of a Public Service profession that you would destroy for a cheap political fix.”

Marilyn Vitte, (a second six pupil at 25 Bedford Row) and @DanBunting, (renowned blogger, barrister and cat herder) first stunned their audience into silence, and then finished, each of them, to standing ovations.

The CBA report on the speeches is an excellent read. 

AND… 

Blur drummer who trained as solicitor attacks government’s legal aid plans

The Guardian: David Rowntree criticises proposals after it emerges Eddie Stobart haulage firm is to bid for contract

While I am on the subject of the the dynamic processes affecting the legal profession, I must cover plans by Dr Erasmus Strangelove (Pronounced Strangle-ove), senior partner of Muttley Dastardly LLP,  to take advantage of the current fashion for lawyers developing an interest in lorries a la Stobart Barristers

It is unlikely that Dr Erasmus Strangelove will be involved in contempt of court proceedings.  He is far too canny for such activities.

STATEMENT FROM DR ERASMUS STRANGELOVE

“It is with great pleasure that I announce today the purchase of a fleet of lorries, bearing the Muttley Dastardly LLP logo, allowing our firm  to provide a legal strike force, deployable within 45 minutes, anywhere in the United Kingdom – We have developed expertise in Scots Law. The liveried lorries, staffed with two partners and six associates, and equipped with the latest Lexis, Lawtel and Westlaw services,  will enable us to take advantage of the current chaos in the provision of legal services by deploying highly trained lawyers direct to the client and steal a march on the Johnny Come Latelies (You know who you are)  trying to make a crumb or two from the wrecking of the English Legal System so beautifully crafted by Mr Grayling – who may, I am pleased to say,  have been  influenced by our ‘Black Paper’ on the reform of legal aid.

As the strapline on the side of our fleet of mobile law offices says..“We are always ready to advise”.  It seems otiose to add…”At a fee”.

Strength & Profits

ENDS

I shall return on the morrow to report seriously on other developments in the legal profession and in the law blogs.

Adios for now

Best, as always,

Charon

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