“Top Lawyer” Refusing to Prosecute Eco-Loons Already Disbarred

As the Guardian triumphantly reports on the so-called “top barristers” signing a declaration refusing to prosecute the likes of Extinction Rebellion, Guido couldn’t help noticing a few big names attaching their signatures to the list. First is Jolyon, obviously, who’s the brains behind the whole idea. Quite how a tax lawyer who’s not even on the Crown Prosecution Service panel – and therefore not a prosecutor – was ever going to be useful in a prosecution case is anyone’s guess…

Then there’s his partner in crime Tim Crosland, who according to the Guardian, co-organised the declaration with the foxbeater. Crosland says “it’s time to take a stand” because “behind every new oil and gas deal sits a lawyer getting rich”. Obviously a learned man of deep principles.

Even so, it’s not exactly an act of courage from Crosland. He was disbarred in January for disclosing a draft Supreme Court judgment which had been circulated under embargo. According to The Law Society Gazette, the tribunal found that Crosland “behaved in a way which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession and behaved in a way which could reasonably be seen by the public to undermine his integrity.” This, apparently, still meets the definition of “top lawyer” these days…

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Extinction Rebellion Declare “There Is No Room For Disagreement”

Extinction Rebellion spokesman (and former civil service lawyer) Tim Crosland made a batty debut on Radio 4 this morning, claiming that there can be no disagreement with Extinction Rebellion, despite environmental campaigners disagreeing with their loopy plans. Guido hopes Crosland wasn’t this unhinged when he worked in the civil service…

It is well worth listening to the extraordinary interview:

“There is no room for disagreement that urgent and radical action is being taken and the government is failing to do that and the Murdoch press is making that failure possible and facilitating it. There is no room for disagreement about that”

In the interview, Crosland defended shutting down his opponents by declaring that “the climate and environmental emergency is not a matter of opinion it is a matter of scientific fact”. When challenged on the specific demands, such as the utterly fringe view not backed by anyone sensible that the UK should go carbon neutral in just four years time, Crosland doubled down again. Deploying the tactic that all extremist environmental protesters use, to argue that if you disagree with any element of their revolutionary agenda you are somehow a ‘climate denier’…

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