Monthly Archives: April 2010

Hoist by their own petard

I think it’s fair to say that Heath G and I share an obsession with fantastically unsuccessful defamation actions that result in the very opposite outcome to that which the plaintiff sought to achieve. At Minimal State, Heath has a post about the best one yet, involving a hapless company named T & J Towing: […]

Playing with fire

Here in Victoria, the heat has been on former Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon and her performance during the Black Saturday bushfires on 7 February last year. 174 people were killed and many houses were lost. Nixon retired from the post in mid-2009 to become head of the Victorian Bushfire Recovery and Construction Authority. […]

The First Election Debate – Review

High Office isn’t as high as it used to be OR a message of fear, a message of hope and a message of exasperation. Usually if an hour and a half of television is going to be this tedious I can reasonably expect to see a little white ball being chased across a field by […]

Be there, or be the democratic deficit!*

Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are preparing to make political history by taking part in Britain’s first ever prime ministerial TV debate. The party leaders have been rehearsing intensively for the 90-minute US-style live broadcast, in which every word and gesture will be analysed. They will answer questions chosen by the audience and […]

In Simon Singh news…

From the BBC: The British Chiropractic Association has dropped its libel action against the science writer Simon Singh. Dr Singh was being sued by the organisation because of comments he had made about the effectiveness of chiropractic in the Guardian in 2008. The case itself had sparked an intense debate about the role of libel […]

The Liberty Pool

Well, if it isn’t an atheist bunfight, it’s a libertarian bunfight.  Last week — in an excellent piece for Reason Magazine — David Boaz argued that libertarians ought to stop looking backwards for some ‘golden age of lost liberty’, because no such age has ever existed. More to the point, no such age ever will […]

Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

… Or, should I say, Richard Dawkins. Apparently, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are consulting their lawyers to see whether the Pope can be charged when he visits Britain in September. Mr Dawkins and Mr Hitchens believe the Pope should face charges for the alleged cover-up of sex abuse in the Catholic Church, The Guardian reports. […]

The Law of Unintended Consequences

This image came to me via Catallaxy’s Rafe Champion, and it’s so well executed I have a feeling it may have been painted by his late wife, noted illustrator Kilmeny Niland. (If this isn’t the case, Rafe, please advise in the comments). It made me chuckle, anyway, and as I come to the business end […]

10 most bizarre legal defences

As someone who used to repossess houses for a living, I often saw some pretty odd defences. Many represented mortgagors simply denied or refused to admit almost every allegation (i.e., they did not own the house, they did not sign the mortgage, the bank did not advance them money, they did not default on the […]

Break a leg!

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has broken her left leg while hill-walking in Scotland, Clarence House has said. The duchess, 62, suffered a twisted fracture of her left fibula when she fell on Wednesday. Clarence House said although doctors advised her not to put any weight on the leg, she would continue to carry out […]