Carter-Ruck caved in.
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According to the Guardian, despite the 1688 Bill of Rights, it has been gagged from reporting a question to be asked in parliament later this week. The gag was obtained by Carter-Ruck. Wonder if it is this question:
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation to protect (a) whistleblowers and (b) press freedom following the injunctions obtained in the High Court by (i) Barclays and Freshfields solicitors on 19 March 2009 on the publication of internal Barclays reports documenting alleged tax avoidance schemes and (ii) Trafigura and Carter-Ruck solicitors on 11 September 2009 on the publication of the Minton report on the alleged dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast, commissioned by Trafigura.
Note to Carter-Ruck – Guido’s publishers will only accept service as per the requirements of the Hague Convention. Come to Charlestown, the weather is fantastic…
UPDATE : Apparently Carter-Ruck are trying to suppress this report. Not doing a very good job of it are they?
Another Labour minister and QC thinks the laws are for other people. Harman was on the mobile when she crashed into a parked car without stopping to leave her details. Under the 1988 Road Traffic Act, any driver involved in a collision with another vehicle is required by law to stop and give their name and address, as well as details of the vehicle’s owner and the vehicle’s registration. Not exactly Chappaquidick Bridge, but that she drove off telling a witness ‘I’m Harriet Harman – you know where you can get me…’ is a little high-handed…
The other Labour minister and QC in legal difficulties is the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland. She is now accused of flouting the tax laws; she had no written contract of employment with Lolo, her illegally employed Tongan cleaner, there is firm evidence that no tax was paid for at least 10 weeks and Lolo wasn’t given any wage slips as required by employment protection laws.
Clear breaches of employment law which imply that for a period of time she was effectively paying Lolo cash in hand…
Guido’s solicitor is another fighting Irishman, Donal Blaney, pictured here to the right of Karl Rove. Donal is on something of a roll at the moment,* fresh from re-stocking Guido’s wine-cellar after winning a dispute with a multi-national media giant, he has today succeeded in getting the High Court to grant its first ever injunction via “Twitter”. The order, now to be known as the “Blaney’s Blarney Order” after the name of the blog that applied for it – forces an anonymous Twitter user to stop posting and identify themselves.
The order was granted because Donal (who blogs on Blaney’s Blarney) successfully argued that the fake Twitterer was attempting to impersonate him. Given that neither the High Court nor Donal knew the true identity of this user it was decided that the injunction be served via Twitter.
Matthew Richardson, the barrister who devised and won the Blaney’s Blarney Order, says “The Blaney’s Blarney Order is a huge step forward in preventing anonymous abuse of the Internet. People have to learn that they can no longer hide behind the cloak of anonymity the Internet provides and break the law with impunity.”
Some argue that it is wrong for a libertarian to use the law to defend their reputations in Court. Guido has never agreed with that argument, your reputation is a valuable property worth defending in the Courts if necessary.
Bookies William Hill are offering odds of 9/4 that the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, will resign or be sacked before the end of this year.
The headlines don’t look very good for her.
Baroness Scotland has been served with a “Notice of Potential Liability”. This is the first stage before a decision is made to issue a fine. According to a single source, most of the enforcement team is keen to nail her but Lin Homer (UKBA CEO) is desperately looking for a way to avoid prosecution. Lady Scotland claims that Tapui’s passport was current and endorsed with the correct Home Office stamps, telling investigators she “knows what they look like”. However, she didn’t take copies as required by the Act. The raid only turned up an expired passport.
Tapui is said to have contacted UKBA late yesterday afternoon. Everything is on hold until the UKBA enforcement team speak to her.
The Sunday Times is calling round every government minister and shadow cabinet member stupid enough to answer the phone, asking them if they have foreign staff working as housekeepers, nannies or as cleaners?
Now of course all of the honourable members will be paying their help in full and above minimum wages, plus national insurance and income tax, first having taken triple copies of their paperwork and satisfied themselves as to their cleaner’s right to work in the country.
Nothing for them to worry about…
UPDATE : Now if the standard operational procedure for law breaking by senior government figures as per the New Labour school of spin is followed (as executed in the past by Harriet Harman and Peter Hain) Patricia Scotland will report herself to the UKBA. They report themselves so they can spin “when I became aware of the technical breach of the rules blah blah.” They are not rules, they are laws, laws which the Attorney General has sworn to uphold….
UPDATE II : Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling is demanding answers to some difficult questions from Baroness Scotland
“The Government has been absolutely clear that small employers should carry full legal responsibility if they hire illegal immigrants. Baroness Scotland should be no different, she should face a proper investigation by the Border Agency and should face the same sanctions as any other employer.”
UPDATE III : Just got off the phone again with the SpAd who this morning said (repeatedly) there would be no further statements, she gave a further statement saying “Baroness Scotland has reported the matter to the relevant authorities”. How predictable…
Just got off the phone with Baroness Scotland’s SpAd.
SpAd : We have no comment to add further to the statement last night.
Guido : So you are unable to confirm that Patricia has a copy of the required documentation?
SpAd : We have no comment to add further to the statement last night.
Guido : ‘Her spokesman could not confirm that the Baroness had the documentation required under the Immigration Act’.
SpAd : No, we have no comment to add further to the statement last night.
Guido : Well that sounds like a non-denial to me.
If they had the documentation they would surely have released it by now…
Chris Galley, the former Home Office official who now heads the Sunlight Centre for Open Politics has written to Baroness Scotland demanding that she shows proof that she complied with the laws she was responsible for introducing at the Home Office.
It is a fundamental rule of politics that law makers can not be law breakers – particularly when they are the highest law officer in the land. The letter asks the Attorney General to show publicly the legally required documentation or face being reported to the UK Border Agency later today…
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Sarah Vine writes of Esther McVey…
“McVey told Grazia that she hasn’t married or had children because she ‘never found anyone to wind her biological clock’ … If I remember rightly, half the current Cabinet would have cheerfully ‘wound her clock’ if she’d given them a glimmer of a chance.”