Words are not needed for what follows…
sinister (comparative more sinister, superlative most sinister)
- Inauspicious, ominous, unlucky, illegitimate (as in ‘political barsteward’).
- Evil or seemingly evil; indicating lurking danger or harm.
- sinister influences
- the sinister atmosphere of the crypt
I have to say that Mr Osbore does seem a bit sinister in that photograph. ‘Something of the night’ about him?
I recall Ann Widdecombe’s famous statement about another Tory wannabe… Michael Howard: “There is something of the night about him”. The remark was considered to be extremely damaging to Howard.
I can only assume that this trait is a requirement for high office in the Tory party… or a talent for Gilbert & Sullivanesque comedy, in the case of our present ‘Lord Chancellor’, Chris Grayling, who I very much hope will raid the dressing up box again soon to reincarnate as an Archbishop.
Before I turn to other sinistral matters – a most interesting piece from Paul Gilbert..
Innovation – of course, it’s what we all do, isn’t it?
It won’t be long and once again our thoughts will turn to what will be new in the next twelve months; what innovation will we see, what new gadgets and ideas will come forward, who will make a break-through with something that will astonish us all?
In legal services we have had a decade or more of predictions about innovation (or Armageddon depending on your personal glass half full/empty barometer). We may be rather unsure about what the future will bring, but we are certain that we must all be innovative, we must all be ready for change and we must all be revolutionaries.
Yet, what has actually changed so far?
I find it difficult to leave the topic of Lord Chancellor Grayling – here he is again, divesting himself of his wisdom on the European Court of Human Rights: