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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Wednesday, 3 June 2015


From time to time and too often IMHO we read of celebrities, politicians, sportsmen and women etc seeking to persuade magistrates that their particular and often privileged positions offer them sufficient reason why they should be acquitted of offending in driving matters.  It leaves a bad taste in this blogger`s mouth when somebody of such status seeks preferred treatment in our courts. In the dock at Wimbledon Magistrates` Court  Conservative peer Lord Trefgarne`s  excuses for speeding based upon his supposed medical condition and his position as a member of the House of Lords were rejected and he was duly disqualified from driving.  At £300/day attendance allowance he can afford taxis.

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