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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Thursday, 31 August 2017


Intending philosophy students and others have their favourite examples of simple conundrums.  Two of these are is a rose red at night and does a falling tree make a noise in the forest when nobody is there to hear it.  A similar thinking process seems to be behind the defence of a blind man charged with viewing child porn. As a retired eyecare professional the case has a significance for me but let`s assume his defence is unchallenged and no expert witnesses testify.  How would my reader react if s/he were on the bench?

1 comment:

  1. One assumes that this is not a magazine, but video clips that he is watching and listening to. Therefore he is still getting enjoyment (!?) from the child porn. To me his visual impairment is not a mitigating factor, but an irrelevance.