Jerry Hayes does it again…with this writing


Jerry Hayes. Ex-Tory MP, barrister, writer and bon viveur is a good friend..  He is also a very amusing writer…as this will confirm…


Jerry won’t mind me quoting his entire postbut his excellent blog is here for future reference

” I think that it is time for all of us to join Post Realism Politics. I am a passionate Remainer, but is delusional to convince myself that Brexit will never happen. It will. May gave us a pragmatic road plan of where she wants to lead us. It is strewn with potholes, land mines and ravines that have as yet to be crossed. But as imperfect as it is it gives the country focus. For fellow Remainers in Parliament I would urge them not to vote against the triggering of article 50. Hold the government to account by all means. Argue, debate, vote. But just try and get it right. The Lib Dem position is rather patronising. It’s basically that ‘a load of ill educated working class xenophobes got it horribly wrong due to the mendacity and down right lies of politicians egged on by the right wing press. We will now educate them and given them another vote to correct the error of their ways’.
Oh, for God’s sake grow up.

The burning and drifting hulk of what was Labour is both sad and bad. Sad, because although I am not a socialist, the Labour movement had its heart if not always it’s head in the right place. Bad, because although I am a Conservative, a massive Tory landslide and the total destruction of Labour would be a democratic disaster. Labour backbenchers will probably be given a free vote on Article 50 simply because the PLP is out of control.

The Kippers are interesting. They could win Stoke Central but I think that it is unlikely. All their foxes have been shot by May. Just what are they for? Fromage tried to position them as the nation’s conscience holding May’s feet to the fire on Brexit. Politics abhors a vacuum and the Tories have filled the void. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Douglas Carswell re rats and campaigns for the Tories.

After a refreshing lunch at the Savile Club, I watched (in the bar of course) the Trump inauguration. I, like the rest of the world, expected something unifying, healing, magnanimous and a glimpse of something Presidential. Instead, we were treated to a rust belt stump rant. A shiver would have ran down my spine had I not realised that the whole point of the American Constitution is to prevent dictators doing what they want. But there is absolutely nothing we can do about him. He is there. If Americans want to hobble him start fighting to take back control of both houses. Candle lit vigils and women’s marches won’t help them to do that.

But May has a unique opportunity. A bit of flattery goes a very long way with the Donald. She should lay it on with a trowel with a cement mixer chugging away in the background. However, the big question is what to do with Bozo. Easy, leave him at home. Keep him off the airwaves. The man is a dangerous distraction. He will say something stupid. It will be the Bozo show and a reminder to Trump of all the insults that have been hurled at him. And a little humiliation of our Foreign Secretary will go down well at the White House. This is all about two world leaders talking turkey over the pork barrel. It mustn’t be fucked up.

This must be May’s moment while the rest of Europe looks on in envious horror.

The real winner is Philip May. His role is to be entertained by the First Lady who scrubs up well.


President Trump – and may God have mercy upon what is left of our souls?

And this made my day…

At least Mr Trump has a sense of humour and he is, clearly, a clever man.  In truth, I rather like the man – and that isn’t a political judgment. President Obama was  no friend to Britain. I did not care for him at all politically. Fairly sure he will go down in history as a “Failed President”.  I am ‘hopeful’ that Trump will surprise us…to the good. We shall soon see. If not, we should get a few laughs over the next four years.

And this amusing tweet from Sean Jones QC, an amusing friend of mine who tweets regularly and is worth following. 

Rive Gauche: Rip Van Winkle

Still…it is very good to be free of Norovirus and on the mend…. walking again!

And this…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s senior adviser has warned that Theresa May’s proposed Brexit plan is impossible.

Ms May used a speech on Tuesday to tell international leaders that she would take the UK out of the single market, but still wanted to negotiate access to it.

Yet German politician Michael Fuchs said the Conservatives plan was “not possible” because “you can’t eat a cake without paying for it”.

Latest Trump nonsense. The man really is a bit of a dick

I just marvel that in a few days time this dick will be President of the USA. He is a very odd man and cannot seem to accept success in others. It all seems to be “Me, Me, Me.” with Trumpenstein.

It would not surprise me if Trump gets a ruler out every night to measure his ‘membrum virilis’ just to check that it is a ‘monster’.

Let’s just hope that his Presidential advisers and senior Secretaries of State are at least sane within normal medical ranges.

Well done to Mr Marion for a measured and intelligent response.  I shall nip down to see if his book is at Waterstone’s in Perth and if not, order a copy.


BY Matt Torrens, Managing Director Sprout IT

Emails are at the heart of business to business communications and transactions. Very often, email will contain sensitive, client data along with personally identifiable information. This information should be secured and stored, just as you would with paper records. Indeed, there will sometimes be a requirement to be able to search and evidence all e-mail pertaining to a particular case or incident, even many years after the event.

Therefore, it’s very important to understand the difference between ‘backup’ and ‘archive’ systems, for email.

Email Backup
Data (email) backup, is the process of copying target files and folders, normally to a separate storage area or magnetic tape, for the purpose of being able to restore them in case of data loss or equipment failure. Backups are taken at particular points in time, often overnight or, on more modern systems, several times throughout the day. Ideally your backup system will be automated and largely independent of human intervention (e.g. the changing physical tapes), storing the backed up data in a geographically diverse, and secure, location.

Email Archiving
Email Archiving is the act of preserving and making searchable all email to/from an individual and organisation.

Archiving systems can be run in house, or in the Cloud. Typically, a good Cloud system is more scalable and flexible and is often bundled with other email services such as security and encryption.

The best Cloud email security and archiving systems, provide secure and scalable solutions to meet growing information management challenges, including adherence to data retention requirements to support legal discovery and regulatory compliance. Cutting the cost complexity of on-premise legacy archives, your Cloud system should ensure that litigation hold and compliance needs are supported by granular email retention policies and near real-time search. The archive should be encrypted and tamper-resistant, providing evidential-quality data for legal and regulatory purposes.

E-discovery (the process in which electronic data is sought, located, secured, and searched with the intent of using it as evidence in a civil or criminal legal case) can be performed at organisational level, or by an individual user themselves, using Outlook, Mac, a web portal or even a smart-phone or tablet.

A good email archive and discovery platform, means information can be found more quickly and reliably, boosting productivity and improving decision making.

What’s best, for you?
Well, both, actually. An archive system does not necessarily negate the need for a backup system. Backups are still required, in order to properly recover from equipment failure, for example. Good backup and archive systems should be used in tandem to provide a blended approach to email retention challenges.

The volume of email, and the size of emails and attachments, has increased dramatically in recent years. With that trend set to continue, the need for a scalable archive system is ever more important.

As with any IT system, making it user-friendly is key to ensuring user adoption. By removing the onus of mailbox management from the end user and allowing them to keep every email they send and receive, packaged alongside best-of-breed email security including end-to-end encryption, self-service quarantine and anti-phishing technology, we achieve rapid adoption rates.

Retirement? No. Cry FREEDOM? Yes….

While I have no intention of ever retiring – my interest in all law – save for Human Rights – has diminished. In fact it has evaporated entirely, which is liberating.  I am coming up to 64.  I’ve been in law – teaching and writing about it –  since I was 21. That is long enough.  I will continue to cover the excellent work done by lawyers who blog regularly.  It is, however, unlikely, save in the most rare of instances, that I will write about law again myself on my blog.  I have thrown all my law books  in the bin a few moments ago.  They will be taken to a place of execution – the dump.

I will continue with podcasts which I enjoy doing (They resume soon)  and will be writing about many other things which I hope will be of interest  on the blog.

As the geezer above in that nonsense of a film about Scotland – Braveheart – said…CRY FREEEEEDOM!


PS If I had my time again – would I have chosen Law?  Absolutely NOT!  It is not a career I can recommend for many. I know far too many disillusioned experienced barristers and solicitors.  There are so many far more intellectually  rewarding fields of study and practice. If you are going into law talk to as many current practitioners about their experience and come to a view based on that.  The advice of your university tutors who teach law is largely irrelevant here – unless, of course, they have long standing experience as practitioners themselves.   That said, many enjoy legal practice and have found it a rewarding career, intellectually and financially.