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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Tuesday, 1 April 2014


Today is the second day in which the criminal courts` activities have been and will be severely disrupted by the non appearance of solicitors and probation personnel.  I am not a natural sympathiser of strike action and indeed could probably be described as a “Thatcherite” but I am vehemently opposed to the budget cuts affecting legal services and all that is encompassed by the term “law `n order”.   I am 100% certain that if this government manages to further curtail the rights of individuals when confronted by the power of the state in all its forms these rights will never be recovered.  For that simple reason I sincerely hope that those taking action today have the wherewithal to continue until some sort of acceptable compromise is achieved.


  1. Like most things these days, they only seem to cut the services the poorest in society need. The Governments contempt is hugely visible when they award themselves an 11% pay rise and then restrict other public service's to 1% ! Maybe you Magistrates should start the revolution now by issuing Arrest Warrants for The Houses of Parliament?