Monthly Archives: April 2009

Hedonism, Inc

More than one commentator over many years has made the point that the liberal choice architecture of capitalist societies is actually incompatible with capitalism itself: getting up on Monday morning to do one’s work for The Man involves not getting so wasted on the weekend that capitalist acts between consenting adults become impossible once the […]

Indiscernible Immigration

British National Party (BNP) chairman Nick Griffin has defended a party leaflet which says that black Britons and Asian Britons “do not exist”. The BNP’s “Language and Concepts Discipline Manual” says the term used should be “racial foreigners”. In a BBC interview, Mr Griffin said to call such people British was a sort of “bloodless […]

Life imitates fiction

My daughter has red-gold curls, and a temper to match the hair colour. I was driving home the other day when she started to throw a tantrum in the back of the car. I really wished there was some kind of “cone of silence” which I could impose on her, so that I could still […]

Miscellaneous legal snippets

Snippet No. 1 Following on from last week’s post about the new regime in Fiji, the New Zealand Law Society has said that lawyers who accept judicial office in Fiji after the latest coup are accepting an unlawful position. Snippet No. 2 The High Court of Australia is hearing a case which centres around an […]

Libertarian Writing Bleg

As a few people around the place know, I’m currently writing a novel. I’d originally had grand plans of getting it finished before starting at Oxford in 2007, but that didn’t happen. It does look likely that it’ll be finished by the end of this year, however, which is both a great relief and slightly […]

Through a glass, darkly

An online persona is an interesting thing – a reflection of the self in a very public forum. One of my old bosses used to say, “Never write anything in a file of which you’d be ashamed if it needed to be produced before the Court.” I tend to employ the same principle with regard […]

Monday Funnie: Full moon over Aberdeen (now with bonus Incendiary Immigration)

A teenager has been arrested and charged in connection with an indecent act which took place during a live BBC Scotland broadcast in Aberdeen. The 16-year-old was arrested over the incident which took place in St Nicholas graveyard, shortly after the helicopter crash memorial service. The incident happened just after 1830 BST on Wednesday, 15 […]

Trouble in Fiji

They say that a week is a long time in politics, but sometimes the whole state of a nation can change in a remarkably short amount of time. Recent events in Fiji prove the point. Even knowing where to begin the story is difficult. Put shortly, last week, the Fijian Court of Appeal ruled that […]

To cheer up Legal Eagle

One of Russia’s most famous statues of Vladimir Lenin has been bombed, leaving the Bolshevik revolutionary with a gaping hole in his rear. The bronze statue, in the city of St Petersburg, was badly damaged before dawn on Wednesday, when the blast blew a hole in Lenin’s coat. No-one was hurt in the attack, the […]


This Garfield cartoon pretty much sums it up for me right now (it’s always been one of my favourites). I’ve said before, “Sometimes I feel like I’m juggling multiple balls and if I don’t watch out, I’ll drop them all.” I think I’ve reached the point where I’ve dropped the balls. I had a plan […]