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  1. So, finally he is sent packing Thinking that he is special and can do what he likes Thinking his job is more important than public health Thinking that the rules don't apply to him Lying about it and being caught out Good riddance. Oh, but wait .....
  2. Despite the tendency of modern governments to criminalise everything (Blair and Brown notoriously invented a crime a week while in office, and the trend continues) and the nasty concomitant rise of more strict liability offences (i.e. no need to prove intent), many crimes do require guilty intent to be shown. Thus, recalling the studies of my youth, offences traditionally require the prosecution to prove two aspects: Actus reus: The committing of the acts that constitute the offence; and, Mens rea: The guilty mind, the intention or knowledge of wrongdoing that constitutes part of the offence. Here the discuss of the Colson case has looked at intent in a general, less legalistic, way. So did the jury, it seems. Let us assume that the offence was criminal damage and that criminal damage requires mens rea to be established. I say 'assume' as I am neither expert nor current in criminal law, which has never been part of my practice. To establish intent I imagine that it is necessary to show that the damage was intentional, which it clearly was and, I believe, the offence was anyway admitted by the accused. What Nearholmer is talking about is really 'why', the underlying reason why the accused formed the intent to commit criminal damage. That motivation is irrelevant to the question of whether the offence is proven. However, here the jury was not interested in the correct legal outcome. As Nearholmer says, it was applying a different, arguably more sophisticated, test of guilt than the legal test. Undoubtedly the jury should have delivered a guilty verdict, but they were not bound to do so. They chose to make a political judgment. Whatever one thinks of that, it shows the independence of the jury system. I think a system in which the consciences of Twelve Good Men* and True can trump what the State** wants is a sound one. *women and non-binary folk ** in the form of what the government put on the statute book and what the prosecuting authorities seek
  3. Let's not forget that a certain von Trapp had been an Austrian submarine ace in WW1! According to Wiki, sinking 11 Allied merchant ships totaling 47,653 GRT and 2 Allied warships displacing a total of 12,641 tons
  4. The notion of plucky little Serbia came our National weakness for an underdog, but savours of the same need for pragmatical propaganda that in the next war made Stalin avuncular. It was not well regarded at the time. Serbia was a nasty, violent car-crash of a rogue state before the Great War, and nothing but a pain in Europe's collective @ rse. Plus ça change. Having Serbia on the edge of Europe was like being a nice middle class family trying to ignore the fact that Uncle Ronnie ran a crack den and had people knee-capped. Austria-Hungary, though arrogant and inept, had Serbia bang to rights over its state-sponsored assassination of the heir to its thrones. So, I have as much sympathy for Serbia as I do for, say, Novax Jokeovic. EDIT: Trial by jury is intended as an essential protection in our criminal justice system. The odd idiosyncratic 'not guilty' verdict, to my mind, will always be a welcome reminder that it still works as such.
  5. Yes, people are justly resentful when they make sacrifices and accept restrictions while those with a bad dose of entitle-lism think the rules don't apply to them. I'm with the Australian public on this one and have very little sympathy with anti-vavxxers. We are very sensible of this sort of hypocrisy in the UK right now. We all remember April 2021 ..... Windsor Castle: Downing Street:
  6. Through the prism of the UK media at least, the affair does savour of knee-jerk popularism in its handling. It would have been better had NoVax not been exempted in the first place; he would have known where he stood and hairy-chested crowd-pleasing would have been avoided. That said, upholding the principle of consistency - one rule for everyone - and the frustration of those who consider they are entitled to exceptional treatment in matters of public health is probably the right outcome and sends an important message. Breaking news ....... Serbia delivers an Ultimatum to Australia and Mobilises!
  7. Owen Paterson MP, £8,333 a month from Randox and £2,000 every other month from Lynn's Country Food Barry Gardiner MP, £400,000 from the Chinese Communist Party Boris Johnson's integrity, worthless For everything else, there's
  8. In Punch today: Man at the Back with his hand up: ''Er, Sir, in what sense is this a work meeting?'' The Stout Party: ''Ah ........'' Meanwhile, the customary slumbering of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office is disturbed ...
  9. Liz Truss strikes again! This time she clobbers an Evil Cheese Importer!
  10. Fascinating and disturbing; these fault lines never go away. Still, good to see that Liz Truss is on the job, no doubt saving Britain from any Slavic cheese-based imperialism.
  11. So, in the news we have a major international crisis on the Ukrainian border with professional Man-Baby Vladimir Putin threatening to invade a sovereign state unless Europe and NATO gives him his way. It will not, I think, lead to war, but it represents the first idiotic steps along the path to a major European conflagration by an autocratic nationalist populist. So, obviously, that's not the top headline here in the UK because a Serbian tennis player has a visa issue in Australia. Now I have a couple of prejudices to declare. First, to say I find tennis boring is an understatement. Given the choice between turning on the telly during Wimbledon and viewing freshly applied paint for as long as it takes to dry, paint wins out every time, even to the extent that I'll happily find something to paint in preference to watching a second of tennis. My second pertinent prejudice is that I think that anti-vaxxers are irresponsible, selfish morons. The more prominent and influential they are, the more grievous their dangerously perverse idiocy. So, you can imagine how far the dial moves on my sympathy meter in the case of Novax Jokeovic and his Hotel from Hell experience. Yes, I know there is a point about the potential effect of vaccines on elite athletes, but many of us have made career and financial sacrifices and suffered loss. Sometimes we've had no choice, because the authorities have prioritised public health over private wealth, though much of the time the vast majority of us have chosen to act responsibly in the interest of public safety. So, no, Novax, your tennis career is not more important than public health. However, I may be crediting Novax and his adherents with too informed and reasoned a position, based on the brain-dead comments of his family and the Serbian premier. Yet this story is a gift to connoisseurs of schadenfreude, because, on the other side of the conflict, one gets to enjoy the discomfort of populist politicians whose inept handling and knee-jerk reaction to the Novax scandal has now been held as procedurally unfair by the court. Here in the UK our inept populist politicians got away with a not dissimilar incident when lots of foreign 'officials' (hangers-on} were waived through on their junket to attend some match at Wembley. How did they get away with that? It's Football, stupid.
  12. Thank you all for your kind wishes. I hope father Christmas paid you all a visit. This year he proved open to suggestion .....
  13. Through coaches are the more likely; Birchoverham-Next-the-Sea being a Cromer equivalent. However, the odd through train should be included, just because.....
  14. I thought that was going to end with North by Northwest, but I guess you're not quite that old!"
  15. Members of the Yorkshire side of my family featured as extras in that film.
  16. Worse were those cruise ships that visit Caribbean islands less that a day's steaming from one another. The ships apparently spend the night steaming in circles!
  17. Apart from Hardwicke, the other arrival that sparked off the recent Premier Line Quiz Night was this, the 4'6" or Mansion House, tank. I stuck it back together, and popped some lining transfers on the boiler bands. In the process, the lamp irons came off, but, since they are not LNWR pattern, I've left them off. I believe a centre one would be added in 1903, but, since these locos are not collected with Castle Aching in mind, I don't necessarily need to add three irons. This prompted me to unearth the other Really Useful [LNWR] Engines I had. Some are a bit scrappy and I notice that the Coal Tank also needs its boiler bands lined. The Cauliflower has obviously been polished up for passenger turns!
  18. Well, to be cited as a model of restraint is to credit me with more credit than I deserve, but thanks! If and when I get the test track and CA operational, the idea is to run anything I like. The test track is intended to be generic, so everything and nothing fits in. Yes, CA is conceived to run a specific and dedicated set of stock, but CA I had thought could also stage Rule Number 1 running sessions. However, as 1905 is the half-centenary of the WNR, another option is a Cavalcade, with all or any pre-Grouping companies participating!
  19. Yes, the famous 'Northampton Tanks', oh, no, wait ...... Well done. Judging from that photograph, Watford may benefit from a process of elimination. But I've never been there, so I'll keep an open mind.
  20. Yes, individual loco names, that way madness lies ........ So, back to class nicknames for me ....
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