Category Archives: Law

No Practical Significance

‘There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.” The words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German writer, poet, and philosopher, inter alia. And while poets and philosophers naturally take that view, others do … Continue reading

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Cancellation

“We will often find compensation if we think more of what life has given us and less about what life has taken away.” The words of Scots theologian William Barclay which, while no doubt a wise philosophical approach, cut little … Continue reading

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Coincidence

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” The words of Albert Einstein. And whether or not God chooses to remain anonymous, the European Commission Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, does not.  He was hitting back on Sunday at accusations of political bias from … Continue reading

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Misunderstood

“The public think the politicians don’t know or care about their lives; and the politicians feel misunderstood.” The words of Tony Blair, so take them as you will, but perhaps the politicians are understood only too well, and folk have … Continue reading

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Consequences

“Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.” The words of Robert Louis Stevenson. That that banquet should also include just desserts seems a given. And when it comes to certain plans on EU funding, the Polish … Continue reading

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Change

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” The words of George Bernard Shaw which, since the New Year is often a time of resolutions to change something in one ‘s life, seem … Continue reading

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Reinstatement

“What is it that makes us trust our judges? Their independence in office and manner of appointment.” The words of John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States from 1801 to 1835, the longest serving Chief justice in Supreme court history … Continue reading

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Restitution

“As for restitutions, to nobody in particular do I owe any, but as for those I owe to the realm, I hope in the mercy of God.” The words of Louis XIV, the passing of the glories of whose reign … Continue reading

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Never Freer

“The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom”. The words of John … Continue reading

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Return

“Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again.” The words of Ovid which, since we have yet to develop time travel, remain as true now as ever they were. And … Continue reading

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