Category Archives: law

The stupidity of the posturing of David Cameron and the independence referendum

I have argued previously that legislation providing for a referendum on independence falls outwith the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament (see here, here, and here). This view is shared by former Tony Blair aide John McTernan (that link is behind the Scotsman … Continue reading

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Law and the mainstream media – domestic violence

I know that lawyers are sometimes guilty of focusing primarily on legal aspects at the expense of other parts of a story. It’s partly the way we’re brought up. The isolation of the lawyer begins at University with an encouragement at … Continue reading

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The referendum and legality: the parliamentary debates

Over at the blog post on Lallands Peat Worrier commenter, Indy, has argued persistently that Hansard offers the legal justification to the SNP in supporting the holding of the referendum.  Indy’s argument is, “Regarding the passage of the Scotland Bill, my … Continue reading

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Why the referendum bill falls outwith the legislative competence of Holyrood

The other day I posted about the referendum bill and suggested that one of the reasons the bill was likely to be dropped by the Scottish government was that the bill fell outwith the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament. … Continue reading

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Conjuring tricks, legislative competence, and referenda

As a child I was taken to a magic show, where the conjurer practised close-up magic. He’d wave the cards in front of you, and wonder of wonders you’d miss the sleight of hand. Until he tried it with a … Continue reading

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What do you get when you cross a socialist firebrand with Andy Coulson? Right good entertainment

My long term reader (you know who you are) will know that a few years ago posts about Tommy Sheridan were all the rage. The defamation case; the resultant disintegration of the Scottish Socialist Party; the police investigation; and the … Continue reading

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A twitter exchange

Following my post yesterday and its reference to the blogpost from Jack of Kent I dropped him a note on twitter to indicate that a post was up referring to his. @jackofkent Started as a comment and grew so here’s … Continue reading

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Law and nakedness

Blogger and tweeter Jack of Kent has deservedly built up a reputation based on a series of forensic blog posts critically examining a number of legal issues – with his assistance and analyses in relation to the Paul Clarke, Paul Chambers … Continue reading

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Digital Economy Bill again

Having received no substantive reply to the second e-mail I sent to my local MP, Michael Connarty, I contacted him again last week. I wrote,   "Very many thanks for your letter copying the correspondence you forwarded to Lord Mandelson … Continue reading

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Of The Guardian, corrections and clarifications, and Geoffrey Robertson Qc – Lockerbie expert

Earlier in the week I ploughed through the Guardian website reading articles on Lockerbie. As well as reporting various comments for contempt of court related reasons I stumbled across a fascinating piece by a Geoffrey Robertson QC. You might have heard Geoffrey Robertson QC on the … Continue reading

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When (fantasy) animals attack

With thanks to Alastair for drawing attention to the legal story of the year. My stumbling attempts at teenage relationships were hampered by the lack of an internet. The happenstance of discovering shared interests, mumbled conversations in Italian restaurants, arguing about the … Continue reading

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For surliminal, almax, &c

"Many young people ruin what would otherwise be talented and useful lives by devoting themselves to law," Geoffrey Robertson’s obituary of John Mortimer   Discuss…

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What to do about Tommy’s exams

As my regular reader knows Tommy Sheridan is currently in the Celebrity Big Brother house.  He is also a law student.  The examination diet is next week.  Tommy is unlikely to be available for the examinations.  Now ordinarily a failure … Continue reading

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Legal news: Mad Max/Mike/Tim Barnes v News of the Screws

Like many of you I suspect I am often confused by the abbreviations sometimes used in e-mails found in my spam folders.  Thankfully help is at hand.  Eady, J in his judgment in Mosley v News Group handily summarises some of … Continue reading

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Tommy Sheridan update

This is reported with no comment, for reasons which regular readers will appreciate. Tommy Sheridan is to begin a law degree at the University of Strathclyde in the autumn, it has been reported.  It is reported that he will begin … Continue reading

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The art of the meaningless political gesture – a Scottish example

Politicians like to be seen to be doing things. When there is a popular outcry that something must be done then whatever the rights and wrongs the politicians will act.  It all reminds me of Jim Hacker as Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Infuriating talking heads

Will someone please tell the guy from the Criminal Bar Association and the Bar Council on Five Live talking about the decision in R v Davis (that you have not received a fair trial if convicted on the evidence of … Continue reading

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The end of the line

 Curse the new Consumer Protection Regulations.  My planned new business venture to face the oncoming recession LOVE AND GARBAGE FROM LOVEANDGARBAGE, THE HAPPY MEDIUM has fallen foul to the new regs.  I’d practised all the chat: “Is someone with a … Continue reading

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On televising court

Lesson ONe – ensure you get the judges names correct.  After all you’d look a right Charlie if you pictured the senior judge in Scotland and named him as the second most senior as the Beeb have done at the … Continue reading

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Real live judges in real live courts deciding real live cases

The Arlene Fraser murder case has been something of a cause celebre in Scotland.  The appeal by Nat Fraser was today rejected, and the summary of the decision filmed for the delectation of the public.  The Beeb have made part … Continue reading

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