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Pete, that is called tactics. Cheapo tactics, but playing the system is part of the whole approach. Ms Pierce, by the way, is not a barrister, despite the nonsense in that silly film about the Guildford Four (who deserved a better film).
There can be costs sanctions for mucking about and time wasting, but putting an appeal in at the last minute is allowed. That's why there is a last minute.
JAAMOI - how is a last minute appeal done? What if the last minute is at midnight and Judge Cockle-Carrot is ****, fast asleep in his chambers or his minions are out the back playing poker and have taken the 'phone off the hook?
I don't think that it is; the pish-taking is an unfortunately necessary cost of having the checks and balances that we enjoy but often do not appreciate. It's not ideal, but it's a lot less "not ideal" than having rules based on the lowest common denominator would be.
Gerard, wishy-washy metro*-lefty that he is, is quite right about all this.
*Not the car. I'm not really insulting him here.
Why all this obsession with the daily mail if nobody reads it=or is it secretly read by Gerard and TIMMY--both seem to be fully au fait with its contents.
Surely to have any impact persons of influence must be reading it--possibly Dave has it with his boiled egg, or borrows a copy from a hoodie.
I'm cool with that and I agree with the principle.
I think, however, that our own good practices stretch a little too far and are far too generous.
The AQ situation has been thrashed many times by the powers that be, judgements have been made and yet here we go around the maypole again.
It may be a matter of personal judgement, but mine is that the good practices are perhaps a little too good.
I doubt AQ could so much as botty burp without the security services knowing. I'm quite happy for him to play the legal system as, in a perverse sense, it educates us as to how the system can be refined. Gerard obviously has a handle on things and the impression I get is that AQ will ultimately face a just hearing. The only thing that irritates is the fact it costs money, not least because of very expensive people like Gerard.
Sorry, been busy at Friedrichshafen.
No, they moved a while ago. Something of a shame, she thought, as the chances of being burgled with police cameras pointing at her house and officers pacing up and down outside were zero.
Not sent from my iPad.
I completely agree. But, the recent Jack Straw/extraordinary rendition furore seems to suggest that our masters are not above abandoning our protections, principles and systems when it suits them. Ironically, of course, it was done in the same apparent cause as the attempt to rid us of AQ. In some (well, many) ways, I'm much more alarmed that an elected UK government saw fit to spirit away an individual without due process in that case, than I am about the fact that this AQ business is taking an inordinately long time to play out.
Beware of Greeks bearing gilts
ACLB probably won't be planning any Pakistan holidays for a while - there's gratitude - ennoble a bloke for votes and he puts a bounty on your head.
Do we have an extradition treaty anywhere that might want to put Blair on trial for war crimes?
Fade away, and aviate...
Dunno if its normal practice or not - DM making scandal out of routine paperwork perhaps - but it appears the court checked on Monday if AQ would be making an appeal and said he still had time.
Fade away, and aviate...
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