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.

Monday, August 03, 2009


I suffered a sudden surge of irritation when I read this 'Rebalancing' is a very Blairish word, although I suspect that Lord Mandy has had a hand in popularising it. Scales either balance or they don't. If you fiddle with them by shifting the fulcrum, they aren't rebalanced, they are tilted permanently to one side or the other. A better word would be to 'bias' the system.