Monthly Archives: January 2009

Perfectly Impartial In Every Way

A Commons motion criticising the BBC and Sky for refusing to broadcast a plea for humanitarian aid funding for Gaza has been backed by 170 MPs. The Disasters Emergency Committee’s Gaza Crisis Appeal was screened on Monday by ITV, Channel 4 and Five. The BBC’s explanation that airing the film would threaten its impartiality was […]

Have fishtank, will travel…

Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that my personal blog Sunday Funnies continues from strength to strength, the bad news is that I now have independent posting privileges on Skepticlawyer and am not afraid to use them [insert demonic chuckle here]. As a former British tech journo now living in […]

I’d like to know where this crap started

Via LP, I learn that there were several ‘mini-Cronullas‘ this Australia Day, the worst taking place along the Manly Corso in Sydney. No-one dead or seriously injured this time, but people abused, people showered with broken glass, drunken nongs running around wearing the flag like a superman cape (something I find extraordinarily disrespectful), racist epithets […]

Investment scheme collapses give rise to equitable and restitutionary claims

I must be behind the eight-ball at the moment – how else could I have missed Eoin’s post at on restitutionary liability and Bernie Madoff’s failed investment schemes? The Madoff case involves an alleged Ponzi scheme, or a scheme where early investors are actually being paid money received from later investors rather than true […]

All goats equal before the law…

A goat has is being held on suspicion of committing an armed robbery in Nigeria: Vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323. “The group of […]

Desperately seeking…

…charismatic, good looking, single, straight male lawyer. No, it’s not for myself, silly, it’s for CLEO magazine’s 2009 50 most eligible bachelors edition. Apparently they can’t find one in Australia. Or so says Roll On Friday, exhibiting an e-mail from the editor of CLEO as evidence. I must say I’ve never really seen the appeal […]

Duty to restrain drunk drivers

It is easier to impose a duty on someone for something they have actually done than it is to impose a duty on someone for something they have failed to do (the misfeasance/nonfeasance distinction). Nothing illustrates this more clearly than a case where a pub fails to restrain a drunken patron from driving while drunk. […]

Reasonable Disagreement

As I was discussing with DEM the other day, I think Obama is a pretty well-read jurisprude, and that he’s actually trying to test a few theories in real time. Rawls, Habermas and Hayek all wrote extensively on the limits to tolerance and ‘reasonable disagreement’. All three considered what we all must agree on in […]


As I’ve had to explain to various people today (not just on blogs) — many of them complaining about the risible quality of Obama’s inauguration poet (she really did evacuate the National Mall; they may as well’ve set off an air raid siren) — this is how you do public poetry. Below is Kipling’s ‘Recessional’, the […]

Now for the hard part

Courtesy DeusExMacintosh. There are more (including some rather stingier bits of humour) at her place.