Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Last Post and Cheerio

This blog commenced over 11 years ago on 14 January 2010 - (A new blog).  The aim was that the blog would throw at least a little light on the laws which govern us and the lawyers who implement those laws. I hope that, at least in some way, that objective has been achieved and that I have spoken for fairness (Pro Aequitate Dicere). As I write, the blog has published 2234 posts and has received 2,877,077 pageviews. I think those are reasonably respectable figures for an individual blog and I am grateful to the many who have shown interest and offered comment.

There is much to be done in the legal world and

therefore much for the young to achieve. Our justice system is in urgent need of care and attention and, in places, rebuilding.  The ways in which we deal as a society with offenders needs radical overhaul - The Guardian 12 August 2021 - Frances Crook - The inescapable truths about our outdated prisons. The UK's constitutional arrangements require considerable attention - please see my post A Codified Constitution? where I argue for reforms to some of our constitutional arrangements to both address a serious democratic deficit and to ensure that government continues to be truly accountable.

The amount of time spent in producing blogposts is considerable. Research has to be done, cases and articles read and the posts prepared.  The blog has been a great interest to me and, at times, a steep learning curve but I have now decided that the time has come to leave the field to others - (links to many other websites and blogs are in the column to the right of the screen). I will be free to spend my time with my family and on other interests, especially my love of walking, visiting historical places, music and watercolour painting. Thanks to one and all and good luck and every best wish for the future.

The blog will remain "on air" so to speak and, who knows, I may make an occasional return to the fray,.

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6 comments:

  1. What an incredible eleven years and how the world has changed, yet you have been unstinting in providing succinct information and insightful analysis helping to make sense of the wild and sometimes abstruse world of (in)justice and law. Your writing has been much appreciated and though it will be a shame not to read more, it will be a pleasure to know that you are enjoying a well-earned and peaceful retirement. I wish you well in all your varied pursuits. Thank you, ObiterJ, for your service.

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  2. Thank you so much. Your kind comment is much appreciated.

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  3. Thank you very much for all your effort. Your blog has been one of my main go-to blogs for about the past ten years -you will be missed. I wish you the very best of luck and good health.

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    1. Many thanks and all the very best to you.

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  4. Catching up after the long vac, I am sorry to see you bowing out now. You have always been a reliable source of useful and intelligent commentary on legal developments, well worth linking to from my necessarily more superficial roundup coverage for the ICLR blog. But I understand (only too well) the demands on time and energy that diligent blogging can assert, and can only hope that you won't retreat from the field entirely. Good luck and thanks.

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    1. Many thanks Paul. Since mid-August I have had a rethink and the blog will continue but with somewhat fewer posts than before. So I am not leaving the field entirely. Thanks again. Your kind and encouraging comment was much appreciated.

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