So what are they up to?….

Private Eye (No 1174) has an interesting take on the recent decision of the Attorney-General to stop the Serious Fraud Office probe into the BAE / Saudi £10 BN Eurofighter deal.

Eye reminds us that in The Telegraph (1 Dec) friends of the A-G maintain that Lord Goldsmith ‘still feels compromised by the way in which he was pressured in 2003 to change his advice to the government about the legality of the Iraq war ‘ and that he was determined to ensure that no political pressure would be brought to bear on any decision as to the bringing of prosecutions against BAE Systems executives.

I quote from Private Eye: “So what happened? Simple: Blair, having been leant on by the Saudis, leant on his attorney-general. Despite his experience before the Iraq war, Goldsmith did his patron’s bidding – thereby casually abolishing the traditional separation of the executive and the legal process.”

Falconer accused of ‘vandalism’

I have mixed views on this one – but The Telegraph is clearly taking the ‘outraged of Tonbridge Wells’ line on the re-development of the grade 11*-listed Middlesex Guildhall to provide a suitable Supreme Court.

“The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, was accused of “state-sponsored vandalism” yesterday over Government plans to strip out the interior of an important listed building in order to make way for the new Supreme Court.”

Barristers slam Human Rights Act
Story from The Lawyer…

“Almost two-thirds of barristers believe that the Human Rights Act leaves the justice system open to misuse and abuse by judges and lawyers, a new survey has found. The Bar Council survey of 230 barristers found that almost a third of the respondents had raised human rights law in their cases in the last week”

Here is the story from The Bar Council website: Impact of Human Rights Act less than thought


AND…here is a round up of some fellow bloggers… I thought I would have a good look around.

Pupilblog – excellent stuff

The more I read Pupilblog’s musings on the trial and tribulations of life in Chambers the more I like his blog – it really is a good read (especially if you are thinking about a career at the Bar – for the rest of us… interesting. I shall be a regular visitor.)

Geeklawyer and Ruthie: A Christmas podcast.
Well… what can I say – listen and learn!

Always a pleasure to hear the ramblings of Geeklawyer…. especially when he is three quarters through a bottle of red. He plans to not keep his New Year resolutions. Ruthie is as sharp as ever. Charon even gets a mention in despatches. AND… they sing a carol… mon dieu..whatever next.

Bystander: The Magistrate’s blog has a Christmas quiz set for the judiciary!
Yes… worth a look. No prize though!

Nearly Legal has a makeover
Good makeover – interesting content.

Binary Law
Interesting article link on why law firm newsletters are a waste of time. I tend to agree. Blogs and online magazines tend to get a better reception.

Unfortunately my surfing has been cut short by the exigencies of my other life… I shall return to review other blogs another time in another post.

3 thoughts on “So what are they up to?….

  1. Here I go again on your site. First comment on Euro-fighter deal! Money from orders does come before any probe by the Serious Fraud Office, surely that makes good sense? It always will where politicians are concerned. Going by past enquiries, it would have been a complete waste of time anyway. The Office of Attorney General has already been damaged.
    AVRO and its chief design engineers would have been best placed to design and build modern-day fighter ‘planes, but politicians sorted AVRO out didn’t they? ‘Nuff said!
    Tell me, what is the point in destroying ANY building when a) the Law Lords have worked well over a couple of hundred years without having a separate building? and b) what is the point in having a “Supreme Court” when it will never be “supreme”? at least as long as it can be overruled by the European Court of Justice? c) According to the EU, it wanted separate courts to give at least, the appearance of independence. (thus the UK was simply following orders once again)
    Barristers slam the Human Rights Act? Now there was me thinking that the Lawyers would welcome the Human Rights Act because it gives them more power? From my point of view, we had all the rights we ever wanted in Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights, but perhaps both of those put too much ‘power’ to the people. (at least we thought they did until this Government came to power)You see, the people did not know politicians had agreed that EU laws should override our Constitution. And according to R v Ah but you know the rest.

  2. Dear Sir,
    I note that you attempted to make a snide remark about the residents of the fine Kent town of Tunbridge Wells, however in doing so you failed to spell it’s name correctly, substituting a “o” for the “u” in Tunbridge and to compound the error forgot to add the “Royal” prefix. I hope that you will not repeat these errors is future!!.


    Disgusted of Royal Tunbridge Wells

  3. Good grief… you are absolutely right… I have kept the original in place – to maintain the integrity of your comment.

    I stand corrected… it may have been the rioja..again.

    As it happens… I have been to Royal Tunbridge Wells many times – had a lot of good evenings there a few years back!

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