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One flew over the cuckoo’s nest

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Iain McKie

Joined: 08 May 2007
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Location: Ayr, Scotland.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 10:28 am    Post subject: One flew over the cuckoo’s nest  Reply with quote

“I have been thinking” – a phrase that instils fear and trepidation into my wife.

Many postings on this forum over the past year have alluded to the difficulties victims of injustice encounter when trying to have their cases considered.

This has led to calls for a total root and branch review of our justice system.

One area of the law that is flourishing is the compensation market were the courts at times seem more than willing to grant permission to pursue some weird and wonderful causes. There are also many cases where rights are pursued without any thought to the responsibilities that go with them.

Take today’s Daily Mail story for instance.

A burglar is claiming taxpayers' money to sue the Ministry of Justice for refusing to release him from prison for sex-change treatment.  Clive Watson, 39, says his right not to be discriminated against has been violated because he is unable to have surgery to become a woman.

The transsexual is serving four years and four months at Dovegate Prison in Staffordshire after being caught stealing from hotel rooms to fund earlier hormone treatment.

His barrister, Shaheen Rahman, last week won a judicial review into the decision at the High Court. Because Miss Rahman is funded by legal aid, it means the costs of the case will be met by the taxpayer.;in_page_id=1770&expand=true

Without taking away at all from Mr Watson's predictament or the rights of prisoners or failing to recognise the Mail’s predilection for such stories it seems that the legal focus is very much on those cases where the financial rewards or publicity potential for the legal profession is high. There is also more than a suspicion that it is considered an easier option to offend victims of injustice rather than the increasingly vocal PC brigade.

Those of us who have spent years striving for justice in the face of the implacable opposition or indifference of the system scratch our heads at yet further proof that the lunatics are indeed in charge of the justice asylum.

Yet more evidence, if evidence was needed, of an outdated and  complacent system where the priority is the status quo and the retention of power and influence. A system that can include or exclude you at a whim and dress it up as the will of the law.
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Big Wullie

Joined: 25 Apr 2007
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Location: Glasgow

PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hear Hear is the loud reply.

It would seem money is more newsworthy than real miscarriages and the sooner the loonies realise the better.

For years Miscarriages have never been poll winners so our MPs or MSPs have never had them at the forefront of their campaigns, Why? because the general public do not believe the police would set people up for no reason.
They do not believe that police would fabricate evidence Why?

Answer: Because they live in cuckoo land and they want to believe.

For this reason the press do not push these real stories, they do not want to upset the status quo

As for the loony above... have they no butchers in his prison? save us some money and i am quite sure some of the guys would do it free of charge.

What great headline grabbers eh.

Here is one in the eye for the Law Society though.

Never saw it in any of the daily fables though.

Peter also does a good take of it here:

Not great enough news to make it into our press it would seem Why?


Because his resignation coincides with the launch of the new Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.
Is this coincidence or what? but coming from a man who publicly swears on his Grannies grave maybe the press can ask him why he is resigning.

A more deserving story in my books.


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