Sunday, October 18, 2009

Patrician Scotland

target-baronessThe Attorney General is known as Patrician Scotland due to her airs and graces.  As we now know she is too high and mighty to actually bother with observing employment laws (which she introduced) when it comes to her own servants.

PatricianIt seems that the government’s exhortations to follow the low carbon path are not for her either.  She has insisted, to the embarrassment of her mandarins, on a ministerial Jaguar which is a privilege usually reserved for a handful of senior cabinet ministers.  Despite ranking only entitling her to a Prius with the Department for Transport confirming she was only entitled to a car with CO2 emissions less than 130 g/km and her predecessor, Lord Goldsmith, using a crappy Rover 75, she insisted she wanted a Jaguar. The Jaguar XJ has emissions of 209 g/km.

Ministers availed themselves of ministerial cars to the tune of £8 million last year.  Bet the Tories can’t wait…

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Case Study in Media Disintermediation : #Trafigura

The blogosphere and Twitterati come out of this quite well. M’learned friends will have to rethink strategy. Guido will have more to say about the bigger picture tomorrow. It is time to take the freedom of the press into our own hands.

The full story is on the C4 News site here.

Raw (unedited) video for Guido’s interview:

Wikileaks still hosts the the Minton report which you are not allowed to see, by order of the Court, hereSuck on that Carter-Ruckers…

+++ Guardian Gag Attempt Dropped +++

Carter-Ruck caved in.

Owned

Image credit : ToryBear.com

Monday, October 12, 2009

Guardian Gagged from Reporting Parliament

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 reportNot doing a very good job of it are they?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Government of Lawyers : Equality Before the Law?

Sunday Sleaze
harriet_carAnother 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…

target-baronessThe 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…

Thursday, October 1, 2009

High Court Issues First Writ via Twitter

Karl & DonalGuido’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.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

+++ Baroness Scotland Reported to Bar Standards Board +++

standard_splash_baronessBookies 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.

+++ UKBA Source : Baroness Scotland Served
With ‘Notice of Potential Liability’ +++

baroness scotlandBaroness 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.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Scotland Case Causing Panic

baroness scotlandThe 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…

Thursday, September 17, 2009

++ Sunlight Reports Baroness Scotland to UK Border Agency ++

Letter here.

baroness scotlandUPDATE : 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…

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