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, 23 June 2015


During his time in the post of Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling appeared to me [and others?] as simply following orders.  He was a functionary with little original thought behind his actions.   On May 11th I commented on my hope that his successor would be a more suitable occupant of those high offices.  The content of a speech he will deliver later today gives us an insight into how he is going to undertake the tasks and duties which are now in his brief. He appears at least to bring with him a certain philosophy as a Tory intellectual who came from an ordinary Scottish upbringing to high office.  I believe in the light of the circumstances surrounding the delivery of justice which is available to the ordinary citizen Michael Gove will use a rapier  to fascilitate change as opposed to the machete used by his predecessor.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting though his comments about the best justice bring only available to the wealthy. Perhaps he could remind himself and his speech writers about the savage cuts to legal aid, and the infamous Criminal Courts Charge that his predecessor was responsible for, both of which hit the poor and disadvantaged disproportionately hard and deny justice to those who can least afford it.