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Archive for the ‘Comment on News Items’ Category

Domestic Abuse? Put a stop to it!

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Use our Strength

Our family team supported a domestic violence event in November at Liverpool John Moores University.


Sara Mullins, the Head of our Family Department attended, supported by law graduates, Danelle Foley and Alice Churm to tell how James Murray deals with client victims of domestic abuse. (more…)


Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Those of us working within the court system will be fairly familiar with the latest supposed “efficiency” initiative being suggested by the Justice Department (more…)


Thursday, February 28th, 2013

 Imagine the scenario, like the above possible more well known people, after 30 years or so the police knock on your door, tell you that a name from your distant past that you may or may not recall has made the most heinous ofallegations against you. (more…)

HMP Aylesbury – The Lost Art of the Balanced Documentary?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013


Anyone viewing HMP Aylesbury, the recent ITV1 prison documentary, would be forgiven for thinking that the current Youth Offender situation would be best solved by sealing the gates permanently shut. (more…)

Fat kids need help

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

With all the publicity given over to the increase in obesity, I give my views.


Corruption in the Third World… An Answer?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Corruption in the Third World

The Beginnings of an Answer?

by Jim Murray (more…)

Emergency Powers Must Be Temporary Powers

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron says we are “at war” in recession and he needs war-time emergency powers to sort out out our huge debt and low growth problems.

Well, I for one am prepared to believe him in his assessment of the problem and its remedy – after all, he is in charge. (more…)

Regional Pay is Inevitable

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Yes of course regional public service pay differentials are the right way to go.

But not just now…

…not in the middle of a depression.

Having South East wage scales for public servants in the North West will always suck the talent out of the private sector here and eventually should be ended. (and, I think, will be)

The immediate problem is that highly paid Government workers, teachers etc have excess cash left over after paying the very low local rents and mortgages payments, entertainment etc as all overheads are cheaper than in the South.  They will deny this extra cash, of course, but compare their situation to cash strapped teachers and other public servants further south where house values are huge as then are mortgage payments and rents and everything else. (more…)

Condoms and consent forms? – Rape allegations

Friday, August 24th, 2012

How do men prevent allegations of rape following casual sexual encounters?  How do you prove that there was consent?  Or, if there was, that the woman was capable of giving that consent?  Should men carry a consent form as well as a condom when he goes on a night out? (more…)

An answer to Somali pirating?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

I am so pleased we are about to take a leaf out of the tactics of the Merchant Navy in wartime. Create “convoys” of merchant ships, several times a day, who have collected together to see escorted through the Gulf of Aden . (more…)