Monthly Archives: July 2011

To Plate the King

Good News: Part 3 will probably be postponed until the official enquiry or criminal prosecutions – whichever comes first.

House of Cards

Stay tuned…

Because they are elected

The Murdoch empire was fundamentally hostile to British history and institutions, and intrinsically opposed to the rule of law. It pressed for a powerful republican agenda and effectively occupied a great deal of the public space which previously belonged to Parliament. It became normal for ministers to make important announcements through the press, bypassing the […]

Is sex which results in injury on a work trip a compensable injury?

Now, if this were me, I don’t think I could bear to bring the dispute to court… However, there is presently a case before the Federal Court in which a woman is suing for worker’s compensation after she was injured during vigorous sex with a man she’d met while on a workplace trip. She was […]

On raising the US debt ceiling

I have nothing to add when it comes to analysing this super-sized game of chicken, but I do want to share a rather nice quip on the conundrum from one of my friends on facebook. The quotation, apparently, comes from Winston Churchill: You can always count on Americans to do the right thing after they’ve […]

Stop the world, I want to get off II

One could do worse than join the crew of the Starship Enterprise and head off to explore the universe right now, all the while knowing that your home planet has solved the problem of scarcity… Alternatively, (and in other Trek related news), this guy has landed the ultimate Trek geek’s job – after being talent […]


Excusitis, n (med): the condition whereby one is rendered incapable of seeing the faults in one’s political position, particularly with respect to that position’s capacity to facilitate the perpetration of violence. When I was a green young lawyer, I was introduced to the ‘No True Scotsman’ logical fallacy. It’s an old concept (the argument is […]

Vale-um: Amy Winehouse

Singer Amy Winehouse, 27, has been found dead at her north London home. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained. London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but […]

Hicks and disgorging profits II

Almost a year ago, I speculated on this blog that the Federal government would not move to strip David Hicks of the profit he gained from the royalties on his book, saying: …it seems the Australian government is caught between Scylla and Charybdis. On the one hand, if it leaves Hicks with the money, it […]

Information really is beautiful…

…When presented like this. Graphic artists David McCandless and Stefanie Posavec have attempted to show the difference between left and right (something always fraught with danger) by means of my favourite learning tool, the Mind Map. What’s especially interesting is their attempt to factor libertarian thinking into the mix, which means that a surprisingly large […]