The Portuguese have a proverb – ‘Águas quietas são profundas’ – ‘Still waters run deep’; nowhere is this more apt than in their judicial system. Whilst it might appear to the uninitiated that nothing hasContinue reading →
The long tentacles of the Portuguese Judiciary have reached out and wrapped themselves around another Briton. This time it is not just a name that we read in the papers, it is one of our own, a fellow blogger,Continue reading →
Oh dear, oh dear.
I would not want to take anything away from Mr Jörling’s achievement in making the most of his life after his tragic injury in Portugal, nor do I seek to makeContinue reading →
Skunk: A person regarded as obnoxious or despicable.
But it was done with considerable inputContinue reading →
Not a post I expected to be writing this afternoon; it was to be about Laurie’s interesting comments on Channel 4 News last night.
The European Court and Reform
In 1857 slavery was alive and well in the United States of America. Seeking his freedom a brave slave sued in Court in order to secure his family’s release.Continue reading →
We all support the police. Don’t we? I mean you do, don’t you?
In fact it depends. I would happily still throttle the pair who seemed to think they were Starsky and HutchContinue reading →
The Peelian principle states that “The police are the public and the public are the police“
So when a member of the public is willing to stand up when something goes wrong rather than stayContinue reading →
I realise that many of you may see this as something of a specialist rant, if you will, but bear with me.
I was provided with a link to a rather fascinating document about the matter ofContinue reading →
It’s the middle of the weekend and I currently have two curious puzzles:
- Understanding the strange habit of scandal sheets of going to town on Miss Colombia Continue reading →
Recently I’ve heard two stories of unexpected and dramatic visits from police, entirely separate from the admirably rapid follow-ups to alleged offences based during the recent mayhem on our streets.
A Welfare Check is when theContinue reading →
One of the defining features of the comments section of political blogs is the propensity for reasoned debate to slide into hysterical abuse. Frequently the comments can be better than the original blog posts as commentators relieveContinue reading →
This is a short segment where Laurie Penny debated with John Cooper QC on Radio 5 about whether the sentences imposed on Charlie Jonnie Marbles and Gilmour was excessive, and – if so – why.
Is it too early to gain perspective and draw conclusions from the phone hacking scandal?
Perhaps, because one might argue that “the facts” have not yet been established. On the other hand, I have some cynicism about whether “theContinue reading →
As a Quaker, I have mixed feelings about a man being forced to kill another man. It may be true that because I have mixed feeling about being forced to kill another human being, that I amContinue reading →
Anna was all over people being silly with their passwords yesterday, in the serious context of phone hacking at the News of the World.
But do you remember *this* episode?
I have always been fascinated by how the law, invariably shaped to deal with the ‘hard cases’ that make the headlines and force change, pans out to affect the ordinary, the mundane, the banal, that vast chunkContinue reading →
Learn how to avoid death when crossing your drive by implementing a handful of common sense safeguards. Even non-existent risk must be mitigated.Continue reading →
The Appeal Court Continue reading →
When a raft overturned on the Clear Creek in Arkansas, one of the casualties was a 13 year old girl who had been undergoing training in the art of piloting a few rudimentary logs roped together throughContinue reading →