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, 13 June 2017


Many supposedly astute commentators have opined that the election result indicates a wish by the great British public to water down the concept of a "hard Brexit".  My perhaps simplistic thinking processes tell me this interpretation is stretching logical thinking.  To ascribe a national determination on a nuanced topic such as Brexit to such a generalised process as voting in a national election seems sheer tosh. Nevertheless  although we have given notice of our leaving one way or t`other in two years it seems the current government is determined to play by the rules and obey every directive from Brussels until day zero.  Latest examples of this obedience are  orders on the gathering of information from technology companies. Two reports offer opinions. My general point is that with a proposed  Great Repeal Bill in the offing it seems beyond reason to incorporate any more EU directives in our law.


  1. And so say all of us. Nothing more to say really except that I always thought May was flakey and for her to dismiss so many leave MPs and replace with remoaners just about takes the biscuit. There - I have turned this blog into a political commentary and that is the last thing I wanted to do on this lovely summer evening.

  2. It’s quite disturbing to see a former magistrate arguing that the UK should not continue to “play by the rules” – & especially so when it is domestic UK law freely agreed and enacted by the UK parliament that requires the UK to do so. This is what is known as the rule of law and, rightly, the government has no discretion. In any event, there is no alternative in practice: legislative and legal shambles would result from the UK attempting to set up its own ‘cherry-picking’ arrangements for the interim. And, anyway, while we are still in the club, what’s the problem with continuing to follow the rules? Ignoring the spin and distortions of parts of the British media, most of the stuff that comes out of the EU is very sensible, even though lots of foreigners may have had a hand in it.