The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Everything Has Its Price

This is a decision that I fully understand, but which nevertheless leaves me feeling grubby. I am off to wash my hands - but that's been done before hasn't it?

I am reminded of the old story of the man who asked his girlfriend if she would sleep with him for a million pounds. After a few moments, she replied that she would. "How about twenty pounds?" he enquired. "What do you take me for?" she expostulated. "We have established that" he replied. "We are now haggling over the fee".

"No weight has been given to commercial interests or to the national economic interest," he (Lord Goldsmith) added.

Yeah- right. Never forget the golden rule. The man with the gold makes the rules.