Category Archives: Personal

Obligations VI and photos

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve been scarce over the last few weeks. This is because I went to London, Ontario to attend the Obligations VI conference (which covers private law: contract, tort, unjust enrichment, property, trusts, equity etc). The theme of the conference was “Challenging Orthodoxy”. If you know anything about legal […]

Law, practice and shame

This is a post which has been a long time in the brewing (I started it back in May but was interrupted by exams, book launches, and book proposals) but hopefully it’s better for the brewing. There have been a number of posts, articles and incidents in recent months which have made me think about […]

Mind the Welfare Gap

To William Beveridge it was about eradicating evil – the “giant evils” of squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease. To David Cameron it is about encouraging citizens to do the right thing – to work, to save, to take personal responsibility. The prime minister urges us today to go back to first principles in thinking […]

Random travel observations (Malta and Sicily)

My tips for long flights are: Stick to water on the flight; Have salt; Get massages. (Had a massage the evening I left and at the Dubai stopover. So worth it.) Malta Australian cuisine being Mediterrasian means that, when one gets to the Mediterranean, the food is familiar. There are lots of construction cranes dotting […]

Survivors’ Guilt

I’m blogging about Easter again, sorry. This time spurred by an online conversation between friends about the appropriateness or not of being wished “Happy Easter” on Good Friday. Classicists of the world, wrack off – yes I DO know the entire event was probably lifted from pre-existing pagan rites of spring, but for the purposes […]

Back to the Future

The government’s controversial Welfare Reform Bill has passed its final hurdle in the House of Lords. The bill introduces an annual cap on benefits and overhauls many payments within the welfare system. David Cameron has said it marks an historic step in the biggest welfare revolution in more than 60 years. But a report from […]

The Religious Education Dilemma, Again

We just got a notice from my daughter’s state school yesterday inviting us to choose which religious education class we’d like to enrol her in. There were a multitude of choices: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Ba’hai, Buddhist and Hindu (an accurate reflection the nature of her school, I think). Finally, there was the choice to ‘opt […]

It’s Just Not Cricket

In an interview this weekend, PM David Cameron has revealed that he’s hoping for a new kind of fairness in the coming year. While emphasising there will be no let up in dealing with the deficit, Mr Cameron clearly wants 2012 to be different. He wants to establish a new “fairness” agenda that will, he […]

As Blind as the Prat

  A CWMCARN man faces having his incapacity benefit stopped after being declared fit to work despite being registered blind and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Tony Harris, 51, of Tribute Avenue, was called for a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reassessment in November due to him claiming £199 every fortnight in incapacity benefit. Mr […]