Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Would you Adam and Eve it ?

It was Moor Larkin who alerted me to the fact that the Report that ACPO, the Press and the NSPCC were presenting as newly published was actually dated Sept 2013 !

Just to be doubly sure, I checked !

This is the NSPCC press release dated 24th Febuary 2014

I had some questions to ask the NSPCC and the Police Chiefs, and I did ! First stop, the cops !

Not on the ball are they those Police Chiefs - how many reports called 'Would they actually have believed me' are there ?

I heard nothing more from the cops, but the NSPCC obliged me with moor responses !

Things really started to heat up when I saw the BBC tweet !

'Victims' being "laughed at" where the hell was this in the report ? By the next response 'victims' had become 'participants' !

Here's part of page 7 

My tweet at 6.40 am (twitter time) was in 3 parts here's the second

And here's the final part

Sorry, it can be difficult to follow twitter conversations at the best of times, but I think you get the picture of what I'm trying to say !

I always say that there are no such things as coincidence. There is NO way that a report deemed to be important for child protection and written up ready for publication would be delayed for 5 months. I was not the only one asking questions, Channel 5 appeared miffed too but for very different reasons !

 What's going on here then ? BTW, Matt Hopkinson is the is the head of Press for the NSPCC !  Mr Drucker was still not happy, and I thought I'd add my tuppence worth in the hope he might see a possible 'exclusive' in this !

After reporting my concerns about the NSPCC's apparent lack of transparency in regard to the publication of their latest Report, to the Charity Commission, I ended my day, more or less back where I started asking that same question but this time to a firm of solicitors *

There is no such thing as a coincidence, the same day this new/not new report was being used as a weapon against Sir Jimmy Savile, by those who would prosper by establishing his post death guilt, an interesting case was just beginning in the High Court. Our friend, Anna Raccoon has written a fine blog piece and I urge anyone who has not already done so, to read it !

In May last year the Barrister Barbara Hewson remarked about
how 'the police and NSPCC assume the roles of judge and jury.'

In the unlikely even that a child or indeed any vulnerable person came to me claiming that they were being mistreated, I certainly would not laugh, and I would certainly listen to them and try to help as best I could, but, do I believe the line that is being spun here by a National Charity, a large firm of Solicitors, and the kow towing enclave that is ACPO ?

No 'actually' - I do not !

Well done Moor BTW for spotting the date on that report !

"Onwards" !

*Amendment 15.21 26th Febuary 

I removed my pic detailing a tweet I sent last night on the grounds that the originating tweet I had responded to had been deleted by the sender. 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Cometh the Hour !

Short and sweet this Guys and Gals, just wanted to share with you the great news that Steven Vullo, the man who defended Dave Lee Travis has taken Silk. Well, I think that's how they, put it !

So raise your glasses or your mugs of Yorkshire Tea to Mr Vullo QC for his part in the joy we all felt last Wednesday !

 Cometh the hour, cometh the Man !

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The Presumption of Guilt !

Everyone has a picture in their minds eye when they think of a place and, for most, the thought of the Central Criminal Court - The Old Bailey, conjures up the iconic image of Lady Justice with her scales in one hand and sword in the other ! This is what that statue is supposed to represent !

 Lady Justice is most often depicted with a set of scales typically suspended from her right hand, upon which she measures the strengths of a case's support and opposition.[citation needed] She is also often seen carrying a double-edged sword in her left hand, symbolizing the power of Reason and Justice, which may be wielded either for or against any party.[citation needed]

Instead of using the Janus approach, many sculptures simply leave out the blindfold altogether. For example, atop the Old Bailey courthouse in London, a statue of Lady Justice stands without a blindfold;[7] the courthouse brochures explain that this is because Lady Justice was originally not blindfolded, and because her “maidenly form” is supposed to guarantee her impartiality which renders the blindfold redundant.

Up until 1868, the Old Bailey was a site of public execution and above is a photo of 'Dead Man's Walk ' Not a very pleasant experience, for moor reasons than one !

Worse still, up to 1868 you had an audience !

The wealthy could afford to rent 'window boxes' in the galleries that overlooked the gallows, so they could see the hanging without being crushed and enjoy a better view.
Such was the popularity of seeing criminals hang, 28 people died in a crush in 1807 after a crowd grew out of control.

The artist known as 'Banksy' had another image for Lady Justice, he made his own statue and invited the public to view it's unveiling in Clerkinwell in 2004 !


On the morning of the 29th November 2012, an image described as a 'Banksy style mural' appeared just outside the entrance of BBC Televison Centre in Shepherds Bush London !

I guess that this would have been around the time that the Newsnight fiasco was brought to the nations attention by our glorious main stream media. Interestingly enough, the article contains this line !

 However a spokesman for the artist denied it was his handiwork.

I like to believe that Mr Banksy whoever he is has more intelligence than to be fooled by a televison program. More importantly, I hope that Lady Justice does not lose the use of one of her arms. Justice needs all the help it can get, eh Mr Banksy !



Sunday, 9 February 2014

Mandatory Reporting - the big sell !

According to her tweets, Ms Dux of Slater and Gordon Solicitors will be on the radio tomorrow night !

The person retweeting Ms Dux's message is Rachel Johnson a journalist and author of the following article in todays Daily Mail newspaper !^editors_choice

I only became aware of this article because of this !

 I feel very uncomfortable with this article on a number of levels, the first being the fact that it refers to a case that is STILL in progress, indeed the trial is BEING HEARD with a verdict expected in the nest few days !

But let’s pause to recap where we are on the showbiz trial front: Freddie Starr, Paul Gambaccini and Jimmy Tarbuck remain on bail, Bill Roache and Michael Le Vell have been acquitted, Max Clifford and Rolf Harris are awaiting trial, and the Dave Lee Travis trial is ongoing.

The 'showbiz trial front' ? This is NOT a game Ms Johnson, these men's lives will never be the same again.

Perhaps Ms Johnson means well, she is, after all, interested in 'ordinary women' and the negative effect high profile acquitals may have on any potential case/claim they may have ?

Was it 'ordinary women' who attended the prep schools Ms Dux refers to later in the article ? I don't remember the last time I heard of a lass from Barking reminising about her Tina Brown's Schooldays !

Ms Johnson swiftly responded to the above tweet which in turn, led to an interesting exchange !

Not wishing to confuse the reader, my response at 3m, is my attempt to bring Sir Jimmy into the exchange. Ms Dux says the following in the mail

‘One person coming forward isn’t enough,’ she says. ‘You need documentary evidence, a past conviction, for courts to find evidence cogent.’ 

Ms Dux appeared to be a tad put out by our questioning !

 Ms Dux has not as yet, responded to the bottom tweet - perhaps she will publish the dated letter before she takes to the airwaves tomorrow evening !

Amendment 10th Feb 2014

Mistake - the LBC interview was aired at 6.40 am ! We missed it !


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Crown Court Regina V Bolton 1972

Goodness, remember this great TV series from the 70's ? I do, because it was on nearly every time I went home from school for my dinner (we couldn't afford free school dinners !!!).

The interesting thing about this court room drama was, that, whilst the cases were fictional, the Jurors were real - if you know what I mean. However, one thing that I did not realise until now, was that two endings were rehearsed!

 A court case in the crown court of the fictional town of Fulchester would typically be played out over three afternoons in half-hour episodes and the most frequent format was for the prosecution case to be presented in the first two episodes and the defence in the third, although there were some later, brief variations. Although those involved in the case were actors, the jury was made up of members of the general public from the immediate Granada Television franchise area taken from the electoral register and eligible for real jury service: it was this jury alone which decided the verdict. Indeed, production publicity of the time stated that, for many of the scripts, two endings were written and rehearsed to cope with the jury's independent decision which was delivered for the first time, as in a real court case, when the foreman was asked by the actor playing the judge, while the programme's recording progressed. However, the course of some cases would lead the jury being directed to return "not guilty" verdicts.

Granada Televison, fictional court cases, real jurors - this was too good an oppotunity to miss, I had to blog !

 I've been burrowing out of sight but not out of mind for the last few weeks chums, but I thought I'd put this wee post up, I wouldn't want anyone to think that I'd given up !

Great news for the Savile family this week BTW

Back to 1972 and a highly appropriate episode of Crown Court - Enjoy ! Below, is part one of six, I won't tell you the verdict - wouldn't like to be in contempt of the Court of Fulchester !!