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, 15 May 2017


Justices of the Peace hold public positions. That being so it is a fact  that not only must they have been upright in their pre J.P. lives but are held to account for their actions not necessarily just inside the confines of the courtroom.  Deviation from the straight and narrow can have devastating effects.  That being the case when this blogger signed up to  Twitter a few months ago it was with some circumspection that my keyboard did not run amok from a self imposed ten second delay for second thoughts.  Thus it is with a certain dismay I have to mention that a prominent magistrate well known for his IT skills has allowed his prejudices to become public in the aforementioned public debating forum.  Nick Harrington tweeted two days ago, 
As some readers might be aware I am the antithesis of being politically correct and a convinced Brexiteer but the above reference to gypsies is totally unacceptable. If anybody is in doubt just substitute "Muslims" or "Jews" or "homosexuals" in his Tweet.  This man should do the honourable thing and resign from the magistracy before he is subjected to the inevitable investigation.


  1. WOW ! that is an unbelievable posting by anyone's standards. Where it states he has been 'suspended' what/where exactly has he been suspended from?

    1. He is a Tory councillor and has been suspended from that post

  2. He's closed his twitter account and resigned as a Magistrate.
    The Police are investigating now. How ironicif his own sentencing app is used to determine his fate.

  3. It is a shame that one moment of madness, can have such a devastating effect on our lives. As magistrates we are frequently asked to look for the positives in people, and ignore their momentary lapse from grace, however we seem unable to do that in this case.