Archive for June, 2013


 

  • Lib Dem leader said it is ‘perverse’ for people to not be able to choose their own solicitor
  • Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s plans could see 10,000 jobs axed
  • Conservative Attorney-General Dominic Grieve backs lawyers

By David Rose and Martin Beckford

 

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Free choice: Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said people should be able to choose their own solicitor

Free choice: Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said people should be able to choose their own solicitor

 

A cabinet split over plans to cut legal aid deepened last night as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg signalled his concerns for the first time.

The Liberal Democrat leader said it was ‘perverse’ to stop people choosing their own solicitor and claimed small high street law firms would suffer – rather than the ‘fat cat QCs’ targeted by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

Asked about the reforms by lawyer and Lib Dem activist Nick Thornsby in Manchester yesterday, Mr Clegg said: ‘You could say it’s perverse that a Government with Conservatives in it is reducing public choice rather than increasing it.

‘The only straitjacket on all of this is the need to yield about £220 million of savings in legal aid in criminal cases.

‘But on the back of the consultation we should see  if there are alternative, less disruptive, less unpopular ways of delivering that.’

The comments come after the Conservative Attorney-General came out on the side of lawyers who are angry at the changes.

Dominic Grieve said he could do little about the plan – because ‘policy in this area is owned by the Lord Chancellor, and not me’.

But he promised he would ‘endeavour to ensure, as far as I can, that the decision  he reaches in due course is  a fully informed one’.

Mr Grayling’s plans threaten three-quarters of the UK’s 1,600 solicitors’ firms and could cost an estimated 10,000 jobs – as multi-million-pound contracts would be handed to firms offering the cheapest bid.

The Tory split has deepened even further with attacks by influential Tory backbenchers Dominic Raab and David Davis.

Pressing ahead: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling's plans could cost an estimated 10,000 jobs

Pressing ahead: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s plans could cost an estimated 10,000 jobs

Mr Davis said that under the changes many recent high-profile cases that the Government lost would never have been fought – including the Gurkhas and the Afghan interpreters who won the right to settle in Britain.

Mr Grayling’s proposals mean the only way such cases could be taken up would be if the lawyers who were suing the Government worked for free. The reason is a proposed residence test – under which no one, British citizens included, can apply for civil legal aid unless they live in the UK.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2346682/Clegg-wades-Cabinet-legal-aid-row-insists-people-able-choose-solicitor.html By  David Rose and Martin Beckford PUBLISHED: 00:17, 23 June  2013 Picture from http://www.davidicke.comdavid-cameron-and-nick-clegg-581678590

A cabinet split over plans to cut legal aid  deepened last night as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg signalled his concerns  for the first time.

The Liberal Democrat leader said it was  ‘perverse’ to stop people choosing their own solicitor and claimed small high  street law firms would suffer – rather than the ‘fat cat QCs’ targeted by  Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Mr Clegg said: ‘You could say it’s perverse that a Government with Conservatives  in it is reducing public choice rather than increasing it.’

Street Democracy writes: Do the lawyers in corporate law give a damn or is it just the lawyers who work in legal aid? To me corporate lawyers who protect corporations must hate human rights where as the lawyers who work for legal aid work hard to up hold…

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Briefing on How Cuts Are Targeted – Dr Simon Duffy

Posted: June 23, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

In Solidarity!

Politics and Insights

How the cuts target disabled people

The UK government is making big cuts in public expenditure in order to try and solve a financial crisis that was primarily triggered by excessive house price inflation, private borrowing and over-lending by the banks. However, most people think that everything is being cut and that the cuts being made are probably fair. The latest report from The Centre for Welfare Reform – A Fair Society? – shows that this is not true.

Not everything is being cut.

In fact over 50% of cuts fall in just two areas which together make up only 25% of government spending:

  • Benefits (to be cut by 20%) most of which is for disabled people and people in poverty
  • Local government (to be cut by over 40%) most of which (60%) is for social care (which will be cut by 33%)

The cuts are not fair.

They target…

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On The Alternative Queen’s Speech

Posted: June 23, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

In Solidarity!

The Political Idealist

 

 

 

 

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It is no secret that the Conservative Party has a large wing that is on the right (dubbed the ‘rabid right’ by some liberal critics) of the party’s leader on many issues: these Tory backbenchers, constituency chairmen and members would feel more at ease with Nigel Farage as their leader than David Cameron. Of late, tensions between the party leadership and the backbenchers have grown further as Cameron attempts to balance the need to appease them, the electorate, and to a lesser extent his Liberal Democrat coalition partners.

Last month, a group of backbenchers published on the influential ConservativeHome blog their Alternative Queen’s Speech in an attempt to write a clear wish list of policies that they would like to see enacted through legislation. The result is an interesting insight into the mainstream priorities and aspirations of the extreme right of mainstream British politics. The…

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Pls send this letter to your coalition MP

Posted: June 23, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

In Solidarity!!

jaynelinney

If You are unfortunate enough to have a Tory/LibDem MP, here’s a great & simple challenge:

I would therefore like to enlist your help to send a letter or email to every coalition MP that cuts out – or at least renders overtly embarrassing – the option of doing the same thing in response. Hopefully, the wording of this new missive will at the least focus the attention of the recipients on trying to actually respond to the questions asked, rather than parroting some lines that simply sidestep them.”   

Interested it’s easy follow the link and get copying & pasting Friends

 

Pls send this letter to your coalition MP.

This is an excellent way to clearly demonstrate how concerned the ConDems are in your opinion!

HAVE FUN

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Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s Charles Saatchi!)

Well now. It seems Nigella’s is not the first throat Charles Saatchi has grabbed in anger.

During a court case involving Charles way back in 2005, a witness statement accused him of doing exactly the same thing, when he was in what was described to the court as a “deep rage”:

….the court heard allegations that Mr Saatchi had gone into a “deep rage” and grabbed a Cadogan company director, Peter Caselton, by the throat in a row over the behaviour of a security guard.

You can read about the case and Saatchi’s previous throat grabbing incident in this 2005 Guardian article:

Saatchi Gallery gets its marching orders

Considering the amount of press and public interest the Charles Saatchi/Nigella Lawson throat grabbing episode received – it’s somewhat surprising no-one picked up on this before.

I’m no legal expert, but it seems to me…

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The Coming Tyranny and the Legal Aid Bill.

Posted: June 23, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

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Author: Kitty S Jones

June 7, 2013 Comments: 17
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“Ministers keep using the mantra that their proposals are to protect the most vulnerable when, quite obviously, they are the exact opposite. If implemented their measures would, far from protecting the most vulnerable, directly harm them. Whatever they do in the end, Her Majesty’s Government should stop this 1984 Orwellian-type misuse of language.”  – Lord Bach, discussing the Legal Aid Bill.

Source: Hansard, Column 1557, 19 May, 2011.

The Ministry of Justice’s “reforms” (Tory-speak for cuts) to legal aid undermine the fundamental principle of legal equality and breach Article 6(1of the European Convention of Human Rights: the right to a fair trial. They reflect a truly authoritarian agenda of legislative tyranny: the reforms effectively remove legal access for many, crucially that access ultimately safeguards individual liberty against intrusion by the State, and protects us from despotic abuses of authority.

The cuts will…

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