It’s funny how phrases take on different meanings as time goes by. Not so many years ago a “do gooder” was a person who did their best to help others , it was someone who was generous and charitable. Anyone so unfortunate to attract that label now is a “soft touch” and to blame for all of society’s ills by sending teenage rapists on all-inclusive holidays to the Caribbean or allowing prisoners to have 60 inch plasma TVs in their cells.
Similarly, “human rights legislation”, once seen as vital in upholding the fundamental values we all hold dear, is now held responsible for helping sinister hook handed muslims to escape justice and handing undeserving asylum seekers state benefits.
Continue reading David Cameron, Chris Grayling and the Abuse of Human Rights →
What a momentous week to start my legal blog.
The biggest divorce in UK history has been avoided and even better, Mishcon De Reya didn’t receive a penny in fees. It was compelling stuff for us lot south of the border even though we weren’t directly involved – the constitutional equivalent of watching a couple of obese neighbours mud wrestling.
The idea of Scotland going it alone was too much for some to bear but I doubt any of them were lawyers. Scotland has always had its own legal system, largely independent of England, and has made a rather good job of it. Their system has developed through the application of Roman- Dutch principles rather English Legal theory. This means that strict adherence to legal precedent and common law is discouraged in favour of deciding cases after getting pissed on red wine, engaging in orgies and smoking marijuana.
Continue reading The Big News: My Blog’s arrived …oh, and err Scotland votes No. →