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Mad Dogs and Englishmen.

I bring you an utterly bizarre case from across the pond to exercise your brain today. Just outside Windham, south west of Bangor in the state of Maine lived a man called ‘Skip’ Kilmartin. He was what we term in the UK a ‘care in the community case’. Following an assault on an elderly man [...]

The Inquiry Hokey-Cokey.

£20 million down, £80 million to get through, Alexis Jay’s ‘loyal staff’ audition for the role of legal advisor… You put your left boot in You take your left boot out You do a lot of shouting And you shake your fist about You light a little rumour And you scuttle out of town That’s what it’s [...]

MacKenzie Frenzy.

Are you the litigant, a MacKenzie Friend, or an unemployed Solicitor? They are multiplying like rabbits; private companies – ‘The Society of Professional McKenzie Friends Ltd‘ offer a directory of ‘self regulated’ MacKenzie Friends – are springing up to help spread their mobile phone numbers around to the desperate.  They claim that a Solicitor can charge [...]

Exclusive – Lynne Owens, Surrey Police, and the ‘Arrest First Policy’ – Pt 294.

I was keen to know how Lynne Owens’ policy in respect of alleged sex offenders was actually reflected in the crime figures for Surrey. This is a follow-up post to my various posts on the subject of the ‘Arrest First – Investigate Later’ policy adhered to by Surrey Police at the request of their then [...]

Does my Baton look big in this?

The Fascism of Political Correctness strikes again! Dave Thompson, chief constable of West Midlands police, has decided that there are ‘no barriers’ to a woman police officer deciding to wear the niqab – the full face covering beloved of some Muslim women. He has already hired some Muslim female police officers who have asked to [...]

The Percy Principle.

The Percy Principle. “In the NHS, every failing CEO tends to move sideways to a non-existent role of no consequence but with a similar pay grade.” Katrina Percy is a huge fan of fresh faced young men with spiky haircuts who speak to her in dulcet tones of how to ‘maximise performance, potential and self-awareness’ – if they [...]

Credible Witnesses, Navel Battles, & Hypocritical Whingers.

Credible Witnesses.  The ever gullible Surrey Police seem to have reversed their much publicised ‘arrest first, investigate later’ policy; this time they investigated – then arrested their ‘credible witness’. It was an unfortunate fact that the next letter in their alphabetical list of operation happened to be a ‘B’. Even more unfortunate that the first [...]

Exclusive – Stephen Hamilton

There is a worrying shuffling of feet and staring into the middle distance in Academia. It is understandable – there is not much point in sticking your neck out so far that you end up with no job. The same thing applies to journalists. Better to keep quiet until the ‘abuse hysteria’ has passed; if it ever [...]

Potpourri – No.17

Morphine seems to have stunned everything north of the neck as well as its required task, and I can’t keep my mind on any one subject. So have several different ones, and I’ll see you tomorrow. The Olympics – obviously. Why do we glorify freakdom – especially in the female of the species? As a general [...]

Exclusive Update:Lynne Owens and Surrey Police – Pt 264.

It has been a long time in gestation. It was back in February when I discovered a dropbox belonging to one Kevin Hurley, then Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey. Mr Hurley, at that time, had been rather keen to dispense with the services of Lynne Owens as his Chief Constable. He accused her of [...]