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, 5 June 2014

EXTREME?


I practise no religion but am a regular reader of the Politico/Christian blog "Cranmer" in which yesterday he  posted on the Church of England`s attitudes to parties of the right and the consequences for those ordained who are members of such parties. By extension and sheer logic he conjoins those attitudes to clergy of a UKIP persuasion. And what about Justices of the Peace? If a colleague of unimpeachable reputation professionally and personally were to reveal that s/he were a member of the BNP would that or should that be grounds for bringing him/her to the attention of the Lord Chancellor? And should the aforesaid politician take action against such an individual? And following the logic of His Grace how far should such such enquiry reach? Should it be extended to those on the extreme Left whose views might also be said to be outside the mainstream?

There is news today that the Court of Appeal is considering for the first time ever in modern times prosecution service`s application to take to a closed trial people whose identities are to be kept secret as also are the charges and evidence against them. For close to ten years magistrates and judges have been and are increasingly constrained by politically imposed sentencing practices known as “Guidelines” I fear that the ancient English concept of justice is being dissolved before are very eyes to such an extent that it will be unrecognisable by 2050.

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