Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.
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Thursday, 27 February 2014
FOLLY AND MYOPIA
Earlier this year on January 2nd I posted on the publication by the Ministry of Justice of figures purporting to show the vast amounts of lolly paid to barristers via legal aid. The figures were a vain attempt by the spin doctors of Petty France to undermine the effect of the then forthcoming walk out of criminal law barristers from the courts of England & Wales on the following Monday. I do believe the government was truly shocked by this unprecedented action but apparently not shocked enough.
Next Friday March 7th there will be a repeat action by this bewigged group of professionals and true to form Grayling and his minions have published further sets of figures in a further effort to show a largely uninterested public that these fat cat lawyers need taking down a peg or three. Truly it is a fact that a cornered animal will fight more fiercely to defend its territory or young than at any other time. With Grayling`s plans for transforming the probation service being shown to be an unachievable political mirage and some of those involved doing their best to extricate themselves from involvement notwithstanding the legal profession`s abhorrence at his attempts to ration judicial review it is worth noting that one can get odds of 16/1 on his being the next minister to leave the cabinet.
This Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor with no background in the law or the legal profession is proving to be the very worst holder in living memory of his honoured office. What a nation we are becoming. A pillar of our society is being destroyed by a government that considers that no £ spent or saved is better or worse than any other £: What folly! What myopia!