Harvard Law Professor: Trump May Have Committed TREASON By Urging Russia To Wage Cyberwarfare

Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe has charged in a series of tweets this week that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s invitation to Russia to engage in cyberwarfare against American interests is flatly a violation of federal law.

The celebrated liberal constitutional law professor also suggested that Trump’s statements could rise to the level of treason — a crime punishable by death.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/30/harvard-law-professor-trump-may-have-committed-treason-by-urging-russia-to-wage-cyberwarfare/#ixzz4FvAcsBTj

A novel by Tabitha Stirling: Blood on the Banana Leaf

A novel that will bring you to the dark heart of Singapore’s maid culture by Tabatha Stirling

 

A novel by a friend of mine about modern Singapore.  I knew Singapore well – lived there as a child 50 years ago and have taught many Singaporean lawyers during my teaching years.

Do have a look – Here is a synopsis from the website

The Synopsis

Here are the stories of Lucilla, Ma’am Leslie, Shammi and Madame Eunice as they strive in their own ways, to exist in a country that harbours darkness below its pristine exterior. As the narrative weaves, it’s candid and often brutal way through the lives of each woman, it examines the effects of loss, madness, violence and hope during a woman’s life and in society as a whole.

Lucilla, a maid from the Phillippines, Leslie, a Ma’am from Bristol, Shammi, a maid from a village in Myanmar and Madame Eunice, a Chinese-Singaporean Ma’am, all live in Sabre Green, a leafy enclave on the West Coast of Singapore.

Lucilla has a kind employer who respects her but Lucilla’s smiles mask an episode of a brutal rape and she frets about her parents in Leyte who rely on the money she sends home. Eventually, after confronting her rapist, she leaves Singapore with her employers for a new life.

Leslie has married ‘up’ to a wealthy diplomat who is abusive and having an affair with their maid, Jocelyn. When Jocelyn becomes pregnant, Leslie takes on the role of ‘maid’, while Jocelyn and Ralph live as a married couple. After Ralph disappears in a cloud of blackmail and sexual scandal, Jocelyn agrees to give the baby to Leslie after the birth.

Shammi lives a harsh and lonely existence with a physically abusive employer who controls every aspect of her life. Exhausted from lack of food and guilt-ridden over a sexual assault by her employer’s husband, Shammi attempts suicide but is saved by her kind neighbour.

Madame Eunice is a pillar of Singaporean society but has made many enemies and when Eunice is betrayed by a friend, she suffers a psychotic episode that ends in the murder of Little Ping, her majhong partner. She is sectioned and eventually throws herself off the asylum roof pursued by demons, both real and imaginary.

A Japanese Samurai Katana for sale – also The Roman Forum

I sell some unusual items.  The Japanese replica katana is one of my favourites.  Many years ago when I lived in Chiswick with my then wife, I asked a friend attending one of our dinner parties to throw a pineapple into the air.  I drew the Katana and cut the pineapple in half.  Amused me….there was a fair bit of pineapple juice about, though.

If you would like to buy the katana – I am selling it for £50 + Postage

SOLD

 

 

And a watercolour of the Roman Forum done when I went to Rome for a weekend 30 years ago. £25 + Postage  (This was 30 years before my F*ckArt period!)

Rewind Scone and other pics of Perth

It was a fine queue with some amusing people in it.

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Just over the hill was a queue…it was a very long queue

An excellent Gentleman’s barber… they do the business and even cut hair…rather well. Amusing owner.

Sir Chris Hoy is popular in Scotland.  I have to say that I have not, however, seen many (any) people actually getting on a bike to cycle…recently…or at all.

The Maid of Perth – a beautiful bronze….in the High Street.

An excellent Pub – probably the best pub in Perth.  Amusing hosts!

And…Blackadders Solicitors.  Great name….

Another amusingly named firm of Solicitors…McCash & Hunter.  I will get a photo of their office soon.

 

Inksters bring classical music concert to the Isle of Skye

Inksters bring classical music concert to the Isle of Skye

Scottish Ensemble, the UK’s leading string orchestra, will perform a concert on Skye this Friday 22 July with generous support from Inksters Solicitors.

Thanks to a partnership starting in 2013, Inksters sponsorship allowed Scottish Ensemble to present a range of concerts, community events and education opportunities on Shetland, and both organisations were delighted when the partnership won a prestigious Arts & Business Scotland award in 2014 in the category of Placemaking – a particularly significant recognition given the meaningful new relationships which were forged on the result of the group’s time on the island.

As well as continuing this support until as recently as June 2016, Inksters are now supporting Scottish Ensemble’s first concert on Skye for five years.

Brian Inkster, founder of Inksters Solicitors, said: “After the success of the series of concerts in Shetland over the past three years I am now delighted to bring Scottish Ensemble to another island community that Inksters has an office in.”

Performing across Scotland, as well as honouring a growing number of prestigious UK-wide and international dates each season, the group are particularly committed to bringing music to places with less provision, and this concert on Skye represents another opportunity for them to share their sound even further across the Highlands and Islands.

Jonathan Morton, Artistic Director of Scottish Ensemble, said: “Playing standing up, and offering creative programmes which place unexpected pieces and styles next to each other, Scottish Ensemble is known for its dynamic and energetic style. We can’t wait to bring this back to Skye, thanks to our happy partnership with Inksters Solicitors – and the continuing generosity of Brian Inkster.”

Taking place at Aros, the concert celebrates the string sextet – a more rarely-performed type of piece than the more usual quartet. Six musicians from the group will play a varied selection of well-known pieces by Strauss, Brahms and Schoenberg, including the elegant opening to Strauss opera Capriccio and Schoenberg’s famously atmospheric work, Verklärte Nacht (which translates as Transfigured Night).

Scottish Ensemble perform at Aros, Portree, on Friday 22 July. Tickets are available on the door at £12 or call the venue in advance on 01478 613 750. For the full concert programme see aros.co.uk.

About Inksters

Inksters are an award winning law firm providing niche services to clients throughout Scotland from head offices in Glasgow city centre and serving the County of Angus from Forfar and the Scottish

Highlands and Islands from Inverness, Wick, Lerwick and Portree.

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About Scottish Ensemble

Re-defining the string orchestra, Scottish Ensemble (SE) inspires audiences in the UK and beyond with vibrant performances which are powerful, challenging and rewarding experiences. The UK’s leading string orchestra is based in Glasgow and is built around a core of outstanding string players who perform together under Artistic Director Jonathan Morton.

SE has commissioned new works from composers such as John Tavener, James MacMillan, Sally Beamish and Martin Suckling amongst others in recent years, as well as working with guest artists such as trumpeter Alison Balsom, tenor Toby Spence and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

Alongside performances across Scotland, SE presents an annual series of concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall and has appeared at BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International, Aldeburgh and St Magnus Festivals. Recent invitations to tour abroad have resulted in engagements in Taiwan, China, Brazil, the USA and across Europe.

www.scottishensemble.co.uk

Human Rights: A difficult subject made a little easier

Human Rights: A difficult subject made a little easier
By Diane Miller

Human Rights are hugely important to everyone, so if you believe your human rights have been violated, or you in a position where you believe they could be, then it is best to get someone to represent you. The Human Rights act protects everyone against discrimination, and allows enforcement of Human Rights against all public bodies. Alternatively, a personal injury or clinical negligence claim could be made, depending on the circumstances of you case. However, making your case successful could depend entirely on who you choose to represent you, making your choice of Human Rights solicitor exceptionally important.

Choosing a Human Rights Solicitor

You want to choose a solicitor who is willing to push boundaries with your case, exploring every angle to make it a success, but is also personable and easy to talk to. A Human Rights case often unearths some difficult issues, so you may be in need of support in the process. You also want to ensure that your chosen solicitor will work hard to fight your case, and make sure you get justice in the end. There are a large number of Human Rights solicitors out there, so it may be daunting to find the best option for you.  While all solicitors are trained in all aspects of law, you want someone who specialises in human rights to guarantee your case the best possible chance. Human rights are often featured in the media, so many human rights solicitors have featured in the media to talk about cases, or human rights in general, giving you some options of solicitors to contact. However, a better option for finding a solicitor in your area is by looking online. Solicitors Guru is a website that shows all solicitors that deal with human rights cases in your area, which can make your search a lot simpler. The website provides contact details or a website for every solicitor, or legal company, allowing you to quickly contact a solicitor when needed.

Building your case

Once you’ve found yourself a human rights solicitor, you will need to build your case, so that it can be successful and you can have justice. Your solicitor will, no doubt, be an expert in human rights law, and will advise you on the best way to pursue your case, and will know whether to pursue your case under the Human Rights Act, or whether another claim can be made under a different aspect of the law. Most importantly an experienced human rights solicitor will be easy to talk to about issues that may be difficult to discuss, and will be willing to push the boundaries of human rights law to achieve success for your case.

Although finding a human rights solicitor may seem complex, websites such as Solicitors Guru are out there to simplify the process for you, and reduce the stress of what may be an already taxing situation for you. By finding a good human rights solicitor you can ensure that your case is handled with the upmost care from the outset, and can make its success more likely.

The Jabberwocky…

I do enjoy twitter… I learn much.  Tonight…I was reminded of The Jabberwocky…by a friend on Twitter

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”
He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.
“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

Will Mr Corbyn accept the Rule of `law and submit to the Writ of ‘Latitat et Discurrit’…he lurks and runs about?

I have written about this writ before…

Rive Gauche: Latitat et discurrit…he lurks and runs about

Lawyers reading this blog post will be familiar with the old writ of Latitat et discurrit – he lurks and runs about.  Non-lawyers may not be familiar with it.

I will confess to having attended only two English Legal History lectures back in the day at university – largely because I could see no point in listening to a young barrister pretending to be a lecturer by reading out from Maitland on Legal History – a book available in the library – and, surprisingly, hoping to get away with it. But be that as it may.  I think I managed to attend about twelve lectures and tutorials in my entire three year law degree programme. The tutorials I attended were pretty dire – the participants doing their best to avoid eye contact with the lecturer or tutor, largely because they had been overrefreshed the night before and had done no work for the tutorial or because such learning they had managed to acquire had been wiped clean from their brain cells due to over indulgence in Newcastle Brown or other ale the night before. It was not the fault of the tutors who were good.  It seemed far easier to study law by reading the books, a few of which were written by lecturers at the university – and going into the examination with two purposes (a) To get a decent degree and (b) Defeat the examiner. I was fortunate in being able to do both.

I was very badly injured at Leicester University while reading law. (I went to Leicester, initially, to read Geology and changed to law – turning down an opportunity to do Law at Cambridge)  It was 1974, from recollection.   I returned from a night out with a High Court judge’s daughter who had changed from Law to read English Literature. We had been to see “A Touch of Class” (I seem to recall).  In the communal kitchen of the student house block, a nasty fight was in progress.  I asked my friend to lock herself in my room. Six students from Cambridge university, visiting for the weekend, were kicking one of the students who lived in the house.  He was on the ground and his face was bleeding.  It was extremely nasty.  I was 20.  I had been studying Karate – and had reached black belt level. Not that it did me any good.  I managed to dissuade one student, but, as I turned, another Cambridge student smashed an empty milk bottle into my face.  My nose fell down in a fleshy mass and I lost most of my teeth.  I did not lose consciousness.  There was blood everywhere.  An ambulance arrived.  I was taken to hospital.  The over worked doctor in casualty moaned about ‘yet another student drunk getting into a fight’ – at which point, the Police officer told the doctor forcefully that I was sober and had saved another student from very serious injury in a fight.  The doctor apologised.

I refused to stay overnight in hospital – I am not very good at hospitals and got a taxi back to my room.  Two friends watched over me overnight.  The next morning a senior Police Officer came to see me.  As we were talking, one of the Cambridge students from the night before barged into my room and ‘warned me threateningly not to give evidence’ – at which point, my visitor, a cop in plain clothes, revealed his identity.  I have never seen anyone ‘go white from shock’.  He ran away as fast as he could.  The cop laughed.  I did my best to given my injuries.

I survived.  The law staff at the University were marvellous and could not have been more helpful.  The Vice Chancellor, Sir Fraser Noble, popped in to visit me to see if I was OK.  Nice chap.

 

Mea Culpa…but I really could not resist. Lawyers came 2nd in Great Psychopath survey.

Psychologist Kevin Dutton of Oxford University’s Department of Experimental Psychology has conducted the ‘Great British Psychopath Survey’ and has discovered the top ten professions with the most psychopaths.

The list includes some professions which totally make sense, and some which must be some kind of dastardly mistake (Journalist, what do you mean?).

1. CEO

2. Lawyer

3. Media (TV/Radio)

4. Salesperson

5. Surgeon

6. Journalist (Oi, BACK OFF)

7. Police Officer

8. Clergyperson

9. Chef

10. Civil Servant

Rive Gauche: The Foreign Secretary has Turkey under control

The Independent reports: “Interestingly, Johnson’s paternal great-grandfather is the Turkish Ali Kemal, a liberal journalist, government official, and poet who died during the Turkish war of independence.

Johnson, therefore, may well know where Turkey is:

There was a young fellow from Ankara

Who was a terrific wankerer.

Till he sowed his wild oats

With the help of a goat

But he didn’t even stop to thankera.

To be fair to Johnson, he seems to have said all the right things so far throughout his tenure:

 

I take some comfort from this – I am not a Tory, but at least Boris is amusing..if in a surreal way which may not to be everyone’s taste.

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We live in a society where the rich, the powerful and large corporations have the resources to protect their rights.  Oakgate Injury Ireland are a top personal injury law firm because we also have the resources, knowledge and expertise to level the playing field, forcing these entities to take responsibility for their negligent or intentional conduct.  Our mission is to turn the wheels of the law in the favour of the injured and underrepresented.

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Personal Injury caused by an accident can vary very significantly, as can the circumstances surrounding the accident. For this reason your first step should be to arrange a case consultation with one of our Personal Injury Solicitors as PISD offers our clients free, no obligation compensation claim consultations.

As we are experienced experts in personal injury matters, we know what you are going through, and are here to walk with you and your loved ones all the way through this difficult time for you. Our primary focus will always be, getting the best results for you.

We believe in first-class service for each and every one of our clients. We may not charge a fee unless we win your case, and we can certainly offer you a risk free consultation. Our PISD personal injury solicitors are flexible and can come to you, whether it be your place of employment, your home, or at the hospital. This is in order to give you the legal representation you need to get justice.

The journey following an accident can be overwhelming. We understand the challenges that you are confronted with, and are here to walk with you through this difficult time. We will be there to help you navigate dealings with insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, repair shops and the legal system, so that you can focus fully on your recovery.

When an individual has been a victim of an incident that causes serious personal injury, they need a voice to aggressively stand up for their rights in our legal system. PISD has maintained a good legal reputation by protecting people who might not otherwise have their voices truly heard in our justice system. Contact us now so that we can provide you the personal attention your case deserves.

We handle all road car accident claims and catastrophic personal injury cases that are due to the negligence of a third party. Whether you or a loved one have been involved in a car or motorcycle accident, suffered injury from a slip or fall, involved in workplace injury or vehicle accident, injured in a mass transportation incident, or any number of other types of accidents: boat, bus, plane, train, slip and fall, bicycle, lorry, motorcycle, we are here to help.

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Chris Grayling – Minister for FarkUps

There are few politicians who are able to motivate an entire profession to loathe them.  Grayling, newly escaped from Fawlty Towers,  took on a role as Lord Chancellor, a role he was totally unsuitable for and which he messed up, managed to earn the contempt (and loathing) of the legal profession in England & Wales.

Grayling is now Transport Secretary .  We can look forward to rail strikes, rails not being laid, endless roadworks and, quite possibly, problems in the air as well.

A little bit of research on BPP Law School’s current activities , performance and reputation

BPP…. The “McDonalds” of law schools? Surely not?

BPP PLC  is no longer.  BPP, and with it BPP Law School, has been bought by the Americans… not just any old American, you understand, but by the owners of The University of Phoenix.

The significance of the takeover is that Apollo owns the University of Phoenix, the largest for-profit university in the USA with more than 400,000 students and ambitious plans to expand globally. Phoenix has been spooking American and British universities for years because it educates its students, who are working adults taking vocational courses, relatively cheaply. It packs them in and makes a great deal of money, which is why it is known as the McDonald’s of the university world.

BPP Law School: Forget students, this college has ‘clients’

The Independent used the headline on 

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Rive Gauche: A momentous Day in British Politics and Life…

And it is Goodnight from him..

And…probably of greater importance to much of the great British Public…

And here is Labour’s effort at a leader…Corbyn needs more than a makeover…he needs to get a better wave..the Nazi salute is so yesterday…

And the new Prime Minister of Great Britain and The United Kingdom…which is unlikely to include Scotland if the SNP gets their way.

 

Und..here is the new Prime Minister…Cruella de May…hunting for dogs…and there are quite a few of those in her own Party that need to be retired from government.

And we must not forget those who sought glory and ‘ballsed it up’ in wonderful style…Boris on fine form ballsing it up here…

 

Rive Gauche: Politics latest and IDS to form BOY Band…

It seems that Theresa May is to be the next Prime Minister.  Corbyn has been dissuaded from standing as a candidate in the Tory leadership election and IDS is about to form a Boy band.

You could make it up…but it wouldn’t be as amusing as political reality today!

AND…Boris Johnson will be spending the summer doing ‘Turns’ at a pier near you.

And we must not forget The Great Leader….

 

 

Sea of Hull by Spencer Tunik

The Guardian reports: “More than 3,000 people in east Yorkshire city were painted with four shades of blue paint before US artist photographed them.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, 3,200 people from around the world gathered in Hull city centre, stripped naked and painted themselves blue in the name of art.

The spectacle to celebrate the city’s relationship with the sea was arranged by the American photographer Spencer Tunick, famous for his installations featuring crowds of nude people, and was commissioned by the city’s Ferens Art Gallery for Hull’s UK city of culture celebrations next year. New-York based Tunick had been inspired by Hull’s maritime history and had body paints made in four shades of blue. Roads in the city centre were closed between midnight and 10am as the participants posed in historic locations….

Read the rest of the article

 

Marvellous creativity.

New Worcestershire Law Society Members Benefit

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Worcestershire Law Society Members benefit

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Guest Post: Brigadier Grappa took a view…on Corbyn in November 2015

Charon has asked me if I would like to do a guest post.  I asked him how much he would pay me.  He looked a bit surprised and said, with a smile, that he would waive the fee for me on this occasion.

The fact that I know absolutely no law at all, other than the drink driving laws (so I can observe them), is not, surprisingly, a bar to writing on his law blog.  Mind you, having had a look at it – there is not a law on his law blog. Be that as it may.

I happened to turn on BBC News earlier to find that the Corbyn Johnny,  who is doing his best to rid Britain of The Labour Party,  had a rather lonely time on the Opposition benches in Parliament. As far as I can see – save for a few back benchers seated a long way away – the entire front bench was empty apart from Corbyn.

In my day, in a case of failure – one would be offered a whisky and a loaded revolver and be told where the library was. – an instruction necessary as we were too busy colonising parts of the world to read books.   I have a feeling that if Mr Corbyn were to be offered a revolver he would no idea how it worked – but looking at the picture of him alone on the Opposition benches – it did occur to me that he may have been au fait with the workings of a Gatling gun..  Be that as it may.

I’ll do my best to drum up some Law for this blog at some future time.  But I really must go now to the land of “No Win No Fee” and listen to a bit of Radio 4 on my wireless.  A fair night to you…and don’t forget to stand for The Queen after the Shipping Forecast on Radio 4 on the British Broadcasting Corporation  later.

Time for some amusement from from Barrister and former MP, Jerry Hayes

jerryhayes150BRITISH POLITICS HAS BECOME LIKE TITUS ANDRONICUS WITHOUT THE JOKES

British politics has become a cross between Titus Andronicus without the jokes and a Chinese edition of the The Prince where Machiavelli’s sound advice has been lost in translation. The lesson for the Tories is don’t run a leadership campaign from the Oxford Union playbook. And for Labour? Well, I am reminded of some very wise advice from Nick Ridley over a large whisky after I had been unmasked as being involved in a disastrous plot to try and humanise Thatcher. ‘Dear boy, in politics you must always shoot to kill never to wound. A wounded animal is both unpredictable and dangerous. Have another drink, you’ll need it’.

There is another more important lesson. Mercurial politicians are beloved of the media because they are good copy. But appearing on the front pages may do wonders for the ego it does little for one’s reputation at Westminster. Parliament tolerates attention seekers but prefers consistency, judgement and getting on with the job. It is known as a safe pair of hands. We may salivate over outbursts, plotting, knifing and martyrdom but it is ugly and unattractive to the electorate. If fulfils their view of politicians as out of touch prima donnas biting and scratching for position. And never has the greasy pole been dripping with such blood and bile.

Neither Boris Johnson nor Michael Gove have done themselves any favours. Boris has trashed the economy, betrayed the life chances of the young, knifed a great Prime Minister and unleashed dark and divisive forces which have ripped his party and his country apart. We are going to hell in his hand cart and the wheels have fallen off. Now we read that he wanted to do a deal with May. He would graciously lend her the Prime Ministership until 2020. She would have the honour of being his home help cleaning up the vomit, broken furniture and smashed crockery after the raucous party that he had hosted. Then he would come home in triumph and show off his beautifully clean home and become master of the estate. Wisely, May wouldn’t even talk him. All the while he was making promises to his deluded supporters of red boxes and influence. Like all of Boris’s life it was dishonest and delusional. Thank God he has been ventilated from the body politic. He will not be offered a job. He has no leverage.

And my eternal thanks go to Michael Gove for facilitating this. Yet he has much blood on his hands. He unforgivably knifed his close friend Cameron. He promised a low key campaign. Although he shuddered at the Farage poster he lied about Turkey and the £350 million, and accused the likes of the OECD, the IFS, the Governor of the Bank of England and the ‘experts’ of being akin to Nazis. Worse, his views of turning the NHS into an insurance based scheme would be fatal at a general election. His other difficulty is that wants us to be rid of ties with the single market which is economic suicide. And he is mercurial and unpredictable too. Worse he is conjoined with Dominic Cummings, a revolting pile of toxic waste who would wreak havoc at Downing Street. But what will kill his prospects is the anger he has engendered amongst back benchers. By knifing Boris he has destroyed their fantasy world. It will be interesting to see how many Boris votes move to May.

Read the rest….

“Jeremy Corbyn is neither nice nor decent – he is a nasty bully and an embarrassment to the country”

Jeremy Corbyn is neither nice nor decent – he is a nasty bully and an embarrassment to the country
By TOM HARRIS