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Whatever happened to British Justice?

I always remember a conversation with my father even though it must have taken place over fifty years ago. He was considering emigration to the United States but one of the factors that made us stay in the United Kingdom was his admiration for British justice.  At around the same time I also [...]

November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Watching the world go by

Yesterday I drove around the M25 to the South terminal of Gatwick Airport in order to collect my son Barry, who was arriving on a flight from Faro in Portugal. Perhaps inevitably – and partly it was my fault because I had allowed extra time because of the ‘reduced lanes’ road works that [...]

November 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

So long, farewell ….

In beginning today’s post – a brief comment upon the resignation of Lib-Dem Norman Baker from his role as a Home Office minister – I should perhaps begin with a declaration of (non) interest. I have never voted in any political election, I am not a supporter of any of the three main – [...]

November 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Look at me now, not where I’ve been

It is a fact of life that politicians – and therefore media news and current affairs departments – the world over tend to operate as if we’re living in a ‘rolling news’ 24/7 world. Former UK premier Harold Wilson is attributed with having uttered the line ‘A week is a long time in [...]

November 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fiona Woolf

Some 25 years ago I had a gig in international promotion for the Law Society’s international committee chaired by Fiona Woolf. We became friends and used to have what I like to call a power breakfast at the Connaught. She struck me as forceful but with a certain engaging vivacity. I was not [...]

November 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

About par for the course

Last night I attended my first-ever police liaison group meeting. I had better explain. About a year ago I was coming out of my car park when a couple of guys about my age (60 plus) stopped me for a chat. They were ‘public’ members of the local police liaison group and were ‘walking the [...]

October 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

It came to me in a flash

In a perverse way, probably like many National Rust readers, I quite enjoyed my live Sky News coverage of David Cameron’s press conference meltdown yesterday over the EU’s latest demand of the United Kingdom – a £1.7 billion ‘penalty’ for our economy performing slightly better than [...]

October 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

A full day for once

One aspect of growing old is that you don’t have quite the energy stores of yesteryear. Yesterday I had a moderately busy time of it – something of a novelty in itself – the schedule for which involved going for a catch-up morning coffee with my daughter in a town just north of Oxford and [...]

October 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Complicated issues

As a spin-off from my piece yesterday on the sentence given out to Oscar Pistorius in South Africa, today I venture into equally difficult and complex waters by taking as my subject the current media cause célèbre of the release from prison of convicted rapist Ched Evans and the row over whether [...]

October 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s the context that counts

Yesterday in South Africa Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was finally given a five year custodial sentence for his conviction in respect of the culpable homicide of his then girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines’ Day 2013. [I should declare a minor personal interest here in that I am a lawyer, [...]

October 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

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