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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Friday, 14 March 2014

POPULAR OR POPULIST?



It seems that today is the day of mea culpa from those on whose wisdom we thought we could rely.   Perhaps that should be rephrased;  politicians can admit their fallibility only when they leave office.  First of all Ed Balls hopes that by admitting his failings we will overlook Labour`s catastrophic spending in its latter years in power and hope they do better next time and then David  (I might be blind but I`m as hard as they come) Blunkett  regrets the problems brought about by indeterminate sentences.  The Attorney General, still in office and not to be left out, is forced to face the problems caused by the withdrawal of legal aid from many defendants. 

Perhaps every cabinet should by law have an appointed  minister without portfolio drawn by lot from the common citizenry with the only qualifications being an agreed standard of education, I.Q. and command of the English language.  The increased distance of the common man/woman from the verbosity and evasiveness of politicians as seen and heard on the Today programme or Question Time or Newsnight  is  disturbing and reinforces the superficial appeal of those with a popular (populist?) agenda.

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