Justice, lawyers and the mob

20th May 2015 0

A friend of mine was a key prosecution witness in the trial of Victorino Chua, the nurse of Filipino origin at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport who has just been found guilty on two counts of murder and twenty-one counts of poisoning and attempted poisoning. I attended the trial for a day (not one of the two days on which … [Read on]

Labour The Party of Green Eyed Envy

17th May 2015 0

There is one consolation in the election results for the former leader of the Labour Party, Mr Miliband, and his journalistic acolytes such as Polly Toynbee: they won’t have to pay mansion tax in the near future. On the other hand, it is possible that they would never have had to pay it, for the difficulties in implementing it would … [Read on]

Brand and Miliband – Laurel coming out for Hardy

6th May 2015 0

Will Russell Brand “come out” for Ed Miliband? I’m reminded of Richard Burton’s comment in his published diaries on hearing that Sinatra had come out for Reagan during the latter’s bid to become governor of California in 1970. Burton said it was “like Laurel coming out for Hardy”. Burton thought Reagan was a dangerous guy. Well, as it turned out, … [Read on]

Have a fag, it won’t cost you?

6th May 2015 0

I abominate smoking and I do not grow or sell tobacco, nor do I have any shares in tobacco companies. During my medical career, I discouraged (not very successfully, I fear) all my patients from smoking, using all the usual arguments. Nevertheless I was startled by a figure in a recent article in the British Medical Journal titled How the … [Read on]

Excuse me for Living

3rd May 2015 0

May Day arrives in all its glory accompanied by a fresh set of formal apologies. Just as well as we might all forget ourselves and start running about having unbridled fun, forgetting about inclusivity and diversity, saying the wrong thing to people and jumping into rivers in a dangerous fashion. The first forced grovel this month came when Leicester City … [Read on]

‘Honest guv, it weren’t me that done it’

3rd May 2015 1

The former Governor of the Bank of England, Lord King, told radio audiences that, in effect, no human agency, certainly not the last Labour Government, was responsible for the economic crash from whose effects we have still not recovered. He told listeners: I am not going to talk about individual parties’ culpability because I think the real problem was a … [Read on]

Legal Protection Rackets

1st May 2015 0

A client of a neighbour of mine, who is a professional, had a complaint made against him by a client who was put up to it by a claim company, which I turn had been supplied, possibly illegally but certainly unscrupulously, with information by a solicitor. For the privilege of having the claim adjudicated by the relevant authority, my neighbour … [Read on]

‘Othering’ in Oxford

1st May 2015 0

My introduction to Oxford community thinking came last November when I attended a meeting at the University Church, to discuss the future of the church of England. Some of the great and the good were there including Diarmaid MacCulloch, Kt, FBA, FSA, FRHistS, Oxford Professor of the History of the Church. He was once ordained as a deacon in the … [Read on]

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