Back in September 2013, Chris Grayling was spawning Cod at a rate of knots. He would protect young girls from sexual abuse whilst in his care by incarcerating them in ‘secure colleges’ along with hundreds of 17 yearContinue reading →
I have often pondered why the cliché is ‘descending into madness’ – given the number of people who end up firmly believing that they are the son of the Man upstairs, and spend the rest of their life withContinue reading →
The ‘Pompey Lads’ – its such a friendly nickname. It was bestowed with honour on the fine young men of Portsmouth who were killed in action on HMS Good Hope when she was sunk 100 years ago thisContinue reading →
Cautious steps from the Home Secretary, Theresa May. She has ‘asked’ the College of Policing to ‘consider’ implementing a time limit on the length of time a suspect is allowed to be held on police bail in EnglandContinue reading →
I had expected that I should have been writing a ‘Court of Protection’ story this morning, I spent the week-end bashing my head against possibly the most complex decision to ever emanate from the Court; however, the more I read,Continue reading →
Since the days of Edward the Confessor, our justice system has tempered the right of the Monarch to do whatever he would with we serfs, by reference to the tenets of Christianity by way of moral compass.Continue reading →
Plod has been getting a bad press recently. His efforts to convince us that he is underpaid and under appreciated considerably hampered by the string of ‘News International’ arrests as part of Operation Elvedon, showing that heContinue reading →
798 years ago today, King John set his seal on the Magna Carta. The contents of that historic document had been bitterly argued over for four days. During those days, as the Barons struggled to wrest theContinue reading →
Lawyers are wordsmiths if nothing else. It is their only tool of trade. The ability to wrangle new meaning out of perfectly ordinary locution; they will happily wrestle for hours like greased weasels as they skilfully eludeContinue reading →
Can I pose a question to you? When you go to fill up your car, do you search out the most expensive petrol to buy? No?
Surely you have a moral duty to do so? YouContinue reading →
Back in the later half of last year, I rushed out an ‘emergency’ post, and asked for your help to publicise it.
‘Edna’ of this noble Raccoon Parish had drawn my attention to a Government consultationContinue reading →
The incumbent government is desperate to stop money haemorrhaging out of the Treasury. They try to pick on some area of the economy where the potential recipients of funds are not too militant – they don’t want miners flame throwingContinue reading →
These are curious days in the media. They will give endless space and awards to those who speculate on possible horror attributed to the dead who cannot answer back; they cheerfully re-use photographs of dead babies, awarding those babies a nationality that changesContinue reading →
The picture editors were busy yesterday. The winsome portrayals of Madeleine McCann, once the picture of choice if the word paedophilia was to be mentioned in the media, were passed over. The aging shots of Jimmy Savile dusted down again, aContinue reading →
“NHS spends £15million (the same as 750 nurses’ salaries) on gagging 600 whistleblowers.” The headlines are particularly shrill this morning – and utterly misplaced.
The NHS is an inanimate object, a legal entity, comprised of human beings. Human beings that weContinue reading →
“If we do not change the way we use this material in court we risk inviting a torrent of new claims. Our enemies will begin to realise that our justice system is an open goal and comeContinue reading →
This post is an archive of all Dr Eoin Clarke’s multifarious apologies for defamation, with some commentary.
I have posted them here, just in case Dr Eoin ClarkeContinue reading →
I first met him in Bordeaux; engorged with blood red corpuscles, not an inch of fat on him, he lay waiting for me, silent, still, gleaming and glistening.
Trouble was, he was the greyest, least interesting, specimen I had ever setContinue reading →
Just over a month ago, Squatting in a residential premises became a criminal offence under Section 144 of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012. We have been subjected to a series of misleadingContinue reading →
“To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice” – these hallowed words, from the Great Charter of Liberties popularly known as the Magna Carta, stands etched in the glass-panel doors inContinue reading →
Let us imagine for a moment that you are successful in your career. The bank balance is piling up nicely, you have an offer on your modest suburban mock-Tudor, and your wife has fallen in love withContinue reading →
It is easy to wonder ‘What is the purpose of Parliament’ these days, when all they seem to do is conduct a childish haranguing match over the dispatch box. John Hemming MP has today reminded us that the wholeContinue reading →
Lord help me blog from day to day
In such a tort defying way
That even when I forget to pray,
My prose will be accessible.
Help me find the pluggins do,
As the legislation doth accrue
I know the things I write
Sortition sounds OK as an alternative method of electing MPs compared to our current system, and probably would work. But you’d also need put in place the sameContinue reading →
The length of jail sentence for the “ranting racist woman on the tube” has been handed down at 21 weeks.
Jacqueline Woodhouse, 42*, who was drunk whilst travelling on a tube train and whoContinue reading →
This is a 10 minute clip of a conversation about the blocking of ‘unacceptable’ material on the Internet, on Radio 4′s You and Yours. It highlights some of the relevant questions quite well.
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The Advertising Standards Authority has received a series of complaints about the above Coalition for Marriage advert running on Archbishop Cranmer’s weblog.
The complaints are about the claimed 70% figureContinue reading →
A policeman goes past an art gallery in Mayfair on a bus, and sees the artworkContinue reading →
The Lord Chancellor, as he was fondly known and had been for about 1400 years, until Tony Blair sought to distance himself from the wallpapering disaster known as Derry Irvine, devising a system of Kremlin-lite titles until finallyContinue reading →