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Monthly Archives: April 2010

There is honour among thieves

To their very great credit, in tonight’s third and final debate, neither Nick Clegg nor David Cameron tried to make political mileage out of Gordon Brown’s dreadful ‘bigoted woman’ gaffe, a gaffe now circling the globe and quite possibly entering permanent geostationary orbit, so widely reported has it been. I have difficulty imagining any Australian political […]

Brown-man Speaks With Forked Tongue

Gordon Brown has said he is “mortified” after being caught on microphone describing a voter he had just spoken to in Rochdale as a “bigoted woman”. Gillian Duffy, 65, had challenged him on issues including immigration. As he got into his car, he was still wearing a broadcast microphone and was heard to say “that […]

A family-unfriendly Aesop

Height of the antipodean summer, Mercury at the century-mark; the noonday sun softened the bitumen beneath the tyres of her little Hyundai sedan to the consistency of putty. Her three year old son, quiet at last, snuffled in his sleep on the back seat. He had a summer cold and wailed like a banshee in […]

ANZAC Day Redux

It seems to be de riguer for a certain type of journalist to write stuff on ANZAC Day saying that it’s a jingoistic load of crap celebrated by right-wing lunatics. Now, there’s certainly an element of society which seems to see ANZAC Day as a “glorious tradition”, and that tries to harness it to an […]

Whigs v Tories

Labour may as well not have fronted. If the UK electoral system was fair, this election would be a fight between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Even with its current unfairness, it may still be a fight between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. I wrote that after watching the second Prime Ministerial Debate on […]

New words in Scottish slang

In an interesting glimpse into the backroom construction efforts that go into these televised debates, it seems Labour have made scriptwriter Charlie Skelton an offer he COULD refuse in a last ditch attempt to boost Gordon Brown’s performance in the third and final debate next week. A funny thing happened to me yesterday. I was […]

All’s fair in love and literature?

“Book-love, I say again, lasts throughout life, it never flags or fails, but, like Beauty itself, is a joy forever.” (Holbrook Jackson, The Anatomy of Bibliomania) How can one judge how much one loves a book when one also loves the author? This question has been raised by the recent debacle in which an anonymous […]

Stranger than fiction

I love a vivid judgment. It makes life as a lawyer interesting. The recent decision of J W Quinn J of the Ontario Superior Court, Miller v Carley, is one of those cases. Here are the first three paragraphs: After a busy day conducting illegal drug transactions, the plaintiff, the defendant and a mutual friend […]

Vince Cable bought my vote for £10,000

Well… maybe. I’m not cheap but I CAN be bought (as the saying goes) and as one of those from the lower end of the British income spectrum, the Liberal Democrat offer to raise the tax-free threshold to £10,000 looks pretty tempting from where I’m typing. The BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders (oakily dokily) was […]

And this isn’t okay, either

Just thought I’d remind certain peeps around the place.