Law Review: At last, a law to stop almost anyone from doing almost anything edition…

Motorists face 60mph speed limit on motorways

Interestingly, not to save lives from driving and reduce claims for road traffic accidents – but from pollution.  The plan is to reduce the speed limit to 60mph on some roads. The Telegraph 

Remembering 1914

With Lord Kitchener appearing on a £2 coin – an example of rather poor taste in the view of many – the remembrance of The Great War will bring much comment and analysis.

Neil Schofield writes: 

“Part of the point of commemorating the hundredth anniversary of a war is the certainty that nobody who served in it will still be alive.  It is the point at which, definitively, that war has passed from direct into reported experience; history that can be turned into mythology, without the inconvenience of spontaneous testimony from those who were there, and might have something different to offer on the subject….”

Witness protection – why Nigella Lawson is not a victim of the criminal justice system

Felicity Gerry writing in Legal Week makes some robust and good points about the Grillo sisters case.

Nigella Lawson is a victim of domestic violence, but she is not a victim of the criminal justice system.

Much has been said about the treatment of Ms Lawson as a witness in the fraud trial of her former personal assistants, Francesco and Elisabetta Grillo; an experience she has described as “deeply disturbing”. There have even been calls for greater protection of witnesses as a result.

This comes at a time when former chief prosecutor Sir Keir Starmer QC has announced that he will lead areview into the treatment of victims in the criminal justice system.

No review of the treatment of witnesses will stop them from being accused of lying or being inaccurate when that is the defence case; that is the purpose of a trial. To put this into perspective, if you were accused of stealing from your employer, then you would naturally expect your accuser to be questioned robustly.

At last, a law to stop almost anyone from doing almost anything

George Monbiot in The Guardian writes: “Protesters, buskers, preachers, the young: all could end up with ‘ipnas’. Of course, if you’re rich, you have nothing to fear”
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One thought on “Law Review: At last, a law to stop almost anyone from doing almost anything edition…

  1. Strangely enough, a few years back there was talk of increasing the speed on Motorways to 80 mph, because the current speed of 70 mph was deemed too slow given that modern vehicles have better braking systems. Now they want to drop the speed to 60 mph………:-(

    As for Lord Kitchener’s head on a commemorative coin for the First World War…….Perhaps we should all read about the other rather nasty things that he was responsible for in South Africa, during the Boer War, including the first Concentration Camps. (I.e. About 30 years or so before Nazi Germany had them.)

    And, like all Wars the First World War was incredibly wasteful and futile, and the people of that time were forced to go along with it in the name of King and Country………It also led to the Second World War…….Lest we forget!

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