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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Monday, 2 June 2014


When I was appointed one of the requirements on the application form was to declare which political party had had the benefit of my vote at the previous general election. I left the question blank and unanswered. Not long afterwards I received a letter from the Lord Chancellor`s Office informing me that unless I answered the question my application would be discontinued. I complied with his lordship`s “advice”. On the explanatory material at that time was also a statement that common sense was a requirement. I understand that that requirement is no longer a necessity owing to the belief amongst those who devise and supervise the appoinments system that “common” is an adjective which might have different connotations among different ethnic groups and what might be ”common” to one might not be “common” to others. Be that as it might we are where we are. The Ministry of Justice with many other government departments is now set upon the release of as many “initiatives” as can be tolerated prior to next May. Never mind the quality, feel the width is a candid description of much of what emanates from the press office at Petty France SW1. The latest such offering is published today. What strikes me is the fact that there is an apparent need to alter the law to encompass the mooted changes. Why on earth has our legislature allowed such gross nonsense to have become the current legal status quo so that Grayling must define his credentials by amending what should never have been promulgated?

Seen in the light of this and much else besides including the reluctant apologies of party leaders for ignoring the undercurrents which have flowed across many of the population for some years is it any wonder that UKIP is proclaiming itself the best thing since sliced bread. Perhaps we should be thankful that it is N.Farage and his cronies who have benefitted from the vote of the disaffected and not those akin to the fascists in Hungary and Greece.

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