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, 5 December 2014


The fiasco at the MOJ regarding the award of a new contract for interpreter services to a twopenny   halfpenny company only to be sold on a couple of weeks later to Capita plc was our first insight into the total incompetence of those senior civil servants at Petty France.  Their public humiliation at the hands of the Public Accounts Committee is a most enduring piece of fly on the wall T.V. and is even more entertaining than the fictional “Yes Minister”.  Of even more significance is the report in the Law Society Gazette in which the Permanent Secretary admits that no research was done into the effects which would follow cuts to civil legal aid.

The failings over the last four years at the MOJ and the Home Office must surely reach back to the occupant at number 10.  But hold on!   All the good old British public is concerned with is its free at the point of use NHS.  So come next May all will be well with that extra £2 billion while the core of our society is held together with sticking plaster.

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