The Plastic Hippo

August 7, 2016

Wanted: distinguished chairperson

Filed under: Law,Politics,Rights,Society — theplastichippo @ 1:05 am
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With a new Prime Minister, a new Home Secretary and a new if familiar front bench, it is reassuring to know that transparency, truth and justice remain at the heart of the British government. The inexplicable loss of three distinguished chairpersons resigning from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse appears to be a devastating if coincidental run of bad luck for a government committed to protecting children from perverts. However, to lose two distinguished chairpersons may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose three looks like carelessness. (more…)

February 29, 2016

Brothers in arms

Filed under: Faith,History,Law,Media,Politics,Rights — theplastichippo @ 2:32 am
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Joliet Jake

Even going as far back as the Book of Genesis, it is still pretty obvious that you can choose your friends but you can`t choose your relatives. Being born into what can only be described as an “unusual” family, the story of Cain and Abel is not a story that ends well. A certain degree of sibling rivalry is inevitable in any family group regardless of incestuous necessity but Cain managing to invent murder, treachery and a curse on the entire human race across three major religions is impressive to say the least. According to the established patriarchy, this should not come as a surprise given the sort of woman his mother was. (more…)

February 22, 2016

Patriots unleashed

Via Stefan Rousseau Reuters

Via Stefan Rousseau Reuters

With just four short months to go, preparations for the summer solstice have hit fever pitch with the announcement of a self-selected all-England Morris Dancing team to challenge the world. The six most honest, intelligent, hard-working and photogenic synchronised handkerchief wavers have finally stepped out from the shadow of collective ministerial responsibility and can now campaign for patriotism unfettered, un-gagged and, if the first 24 hour hours is anything to go by, more than a little unhinged. With Boris Johnson sewing flowers into his hat and strapping bells to his knees and elbows, English Morris Dancing is certain to enjoy a tumultuous resurgence. (more…)

December 29, 2015

Born again

Via AFP Getty

Via AFP Getty

For unto us a child is born,
Unto us a son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From this time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah 9:6-7 New King James Bible

According to some public pronouncements from the good and the great, it seems that we need to re-evaluate the way we in the United Kingdom commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Her Britannic Majesty spoke of (more…)

December 13, 2015

A controlling mind

Filed under: Law,Media,Politics — theplastichippo @ 3:03 am
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Via Jason Reed/AFP/Getty Images

Via Jason Reed/AFP/Getty Images

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, perhaps the wisest judge ever to preside in the US Supreme Court, once reacted to an inexperienced lawyer demanding justice for his client by saying:
“Young man, let me remind you that this is a court of law and not a court of justice.”

In the four years since the depth and scale of phone hacking by British tabloid newspapers was revealed, there have been criminal investigations, court cases, convictions and the Leveson Inquiry. It was announced on Friday that the criminal investigation had ended and that no corporate prosecutions would be brought against the news organisations or other individuals accused of illegality. (more…)

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