Corbyn latest…

A Labour MP has accused Jeremy Corbyn of injecting “unprecedented poison” into his own party as calls continue for his resignation.

Mr Corbyn made a defiant speech on Wednesday evening saying he had a “people’s mandate” to continue in his position, but Jamie Reed said David Cameron had earlier reflected the feelings of Labour MP’s saying: “For heaven’s sake man, go!”

The MP for Copeland released a vociferous letter to the Labour leader on social media urging him to “muster the necessary dignity” to follow the Prime Minister’s example and step down.”

Time to get into that taxi and go home Mr Corbyn.  You are not doing our Labour Party any useful service or favours.


F*ckART: Time Star

With way too much time on my hands this wet, cold, windy morning in Scone, Perth & Kinross – and with no appetite at all to write about Law today – I amused myself first by buying a large RED suede hat in excellent condition from The Salvation Army shop in Perth (£5) and then created some ART by sticking a broken Hunter watch onto a canvas with superglue, and a red Labour Party Star which I obtained from a Labour Party stall in Perth High Street a few weeks ago and smeared some fast drying acrylic paint onto the canvas.  Kept me amused and I like the effect. It is a form of ‘Re-cycling’ ?

It is unlikely that anyone will want to buy this work – but I would be happy to sell at £30 if it would amuse you to buy it.  I will sign it “Charonasso”….in fact, I have signed it twice at the top and at the bottom – so you may display the ‘work’ as you wish – even upside down!

Grayling’s Legacy kicked into touch by Supreme Court

He’s been gone for some time, but yesterday marked the formal inglorious end of Chris Grayling’s tenure as justice secretary and lord chancellor. The last lingering flap of legislative change Grayling tried to introduce was knocked down: The Supreme Court rejected his plan to introduce a residency test for legal aid.

The plan was typical of Grayling: It was mean, it radically reduced access to justice, and it was passed in a manner intended to avoid scrutiny. It would have meant that anyone trying to get legal aid needed to have been in the UK for 12 months. Or at least, that’s how it would have started. Once it was written down in law, it seems likely the requirements would have got longer and longer. The Tories would extend it everytime Ukip had another surge in the polls, a future Labour government would have done so when it needed to look tough on immigration.

Had this policy been implemented, the miscarriages of justice would have been appalling. Take the case of P, an adult with severe learning disabilities. He was regularly beaten by his mother and brother, starved, and kept in a kennel outside the house. It was a legal aid which provided him with the defence in order for him to live separately from his family. But it would have been impossible to ascertain if he met the residence test.

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