Saturday shockers and other matters…

What – with The Attorney-General, the DPP and sundry other QCs and senior lawyers exercising their rights under The Freedom of Fornication Act (nicked from Private Eye – could not resist it) to have ‘have it away days’; we have now got the surreal and, frankly, absurd situation of a Court of Appeal judge being charged with flashing at women on a train on two separate occasions – a charge which he denied when first questioned about this some months ago. Guardian [The BBC story mysteriously disappeared from their website last night - cannot be connected with being gagged below, of course]

The Attorney-General, rather than gag over his breakfast as he reads about his extra-curricular activities being reported in the Sunday tabloids, has now gagged the BBC to stop them reporting a story about the cash for honours business. It seems that prosecutions may be on the way. Guardian

Nearly Legal has found an extraordinary statement by Law Society President Fiona Woolf – worthy of Matt Muttley.

“Thought Leadership”: I quote from Nearly Legal’s blog… and repeat his comment – you will have to visit his blog for the rest of his excellent commentary on this! And here is Fiona Woolf:

“And so, given its ever-increasing importance, the Law Society has taken the bold decision to enter, for the first time, the territory of thought leadership – to facilitate a better understanding the issues around staff retention and job satisfaction by exploring factors that help to meet the needs of not just fee earners but their supervisors and employers too. “

and here is Nearly Legal – Excellent stuff : “Dear God in Heaven. What did the poor long-suffering English language do to deserve this? And who can we shoot to stop it happening again? “

Read the rest…
You just have to read his analysis and interpretation. I say no more… It made my Rioja taste even better. Well picked up, if I may say, so NL!

13 thoughts on “Saturday shockers and other matters…

  1. Root… I have no idea. Lord Woolf, as it happens, was a supporter of clarity / plain English. I seem to recall some reform about civil procedure which was named after him – or, as we used to say, eponymous, before they brought congestion charging in. Could be wrong…

    Good to see you out and about on my blawg again :-)

  2. It did… but I did enjoy your post!.

    I am pleased that you speak French…. I gave up when a Parisian waiter told me that he spoke perfect English some years ago… I was, apparently, asking for ‘some good leather’…. when, in fact, I wanted a bit of liver ‘well done’… It is so easy to confuse The French…. Look at Chirac on TV news items these days – always looks perplexed and confused. It may well be because he is over 100. I know not.

  3. I gave up after my best efforts to cultivate a Parisian accent were met with the assumption that I was Spanish. We did manage a good gossip about the amazing behaviour of les anglo-saxons beforehand. Who wouldn’t stand at the bar? Les Anglos, naturellement. 6 euros for an expresso? Tant pis (with shrug).

    à plus tard.

  4. Tragically… I also speak very bad Italian. The Italians, however, are more generous – baffled, but delighted, when a Brit actually manages to speak their language, however badly.

    I am, however, unlikely to ‘pull’ asking, in Italian, if there are any interesting monuments in the city, is there a pharmacy nearby?, at what time does the hydrofoil leave for Bardolino? and what are the local vegetables?

    Un altra bottiglia, per favore… is, thankfully, always understood.

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  6. Be you ever so high…. the law is above you?

    Seem to remember Lord Denning MR using these words to an Attorney gneral. May have the phrasing wrong – memory is not what is used to be for exact words.

  7. I once made the beginners mistake at the Gard du Nord of ordering a coffee at the bar and then OMG sitting down. If I hadn’t rapidly paid en supplement I was well on my way to being thrown out. :)

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