I read the news again today and o boy it was a depressing collection of examples of humanity’s inhumanity towards humanity. I know that news reports tend to concentrate on the worst aspects of human behaviour, but today’s news seemed to go beyond a mere concentration; it was as though humanity had invented new ways to create suffering, all in the pursuit not of happiness but of greed. Continue reading
There is nothing quite like poking your nose into the affairs of others in order to enrich yourself but under the pretence of helping to remedy an injustice. This is the behaviour of journalists and of nations; they are alike in that respect. Continue reading
We are rather a tolerant people. We tolerate the Chief Executives of large banks receiving huge sums of money , ostensibly as wages, when any analysis shows that they are actually doing their jobs very badly and frequently do not deserve even a fraction of what they are paid. Paying people much more than they are worth is a feature of tolerance and sometimes the distinction between tolerance and stupidity becomes very hard to discern. Continue reading
For the first time in a long time the warm sun fell through my window and onto my eyes. I did not need to see a rainbow. The sun warms alike the cold and dirty graves of those who died at peace of heaven sent diseases and those who had their lives ripped away from them violently. Continue reading
Yesterday lawyers who work in legally aided matters in England and Wales went on strike. of course they never called it a strike, but it looked,like one, smelt like one and behaved like one. They withdrew their labour because the money that they were paid to defend and prosecute those accused of crime has been spiraling downwards and the government threatens to continue this trend.
Apparently £2 billion a year is spent on Criminal Legal Aid, which the government thinks is far too much. It seems to the Government unjust that taxpayers should spend £2 billion ensuring (so far as possible) that justice is done. Other nations seem to do their legal aid for much less although I would not wish anyone to depend on public defender services in those places because mostly the result of any criminal trial is a foregone conclusion.
£2 billion is a lot of money and the Government wants to spend less. I think that if a nation of sixty millions can fianance justice for £2 billion a year then that is a bargain. I suppose we should put it into context. Taxpayers already spend £4 billion financing the BBC which provides entertainment. Financing justice at half that price seems to me to be a bargain and that any further cuts would create a system that does not finance justice at all.
A great mind needs a simple compass to keep it on track. Theophilus was one such instrument. In fiction Horatio and Watson served the same purpose. A compass is not a muse, not a mistress, but a direction pointer which a great mind needs to avoid itself becoming lost in a mess of tangled thinking and vanity. Even the greatest mind left to its own devices wanders off track. Continue reading
Daylight makes you happy. After many weeks of rainy darkness London is warmed slowly and very modestly by daylight as the days in the planet’s Northern Hemisphere become longer. The spring equinox is almost here and lighter morning and evenings seem to cheer people up, contrasting with the warm but gloomy winter that is passing. Continue reading