MCKENZIE FRIENDS VICTORY!
As some may already have heard, we/Association of McKenzie Friends won our case against the Home Office/Treasury Solicitor, having been let off the £2000 charge for so-called ‘wasted costs’ in respect of our persistent litigation on behalf of Melissa Laird in 2014. The question was left hanging in the air though, as to whether we might have been using our ‘client’ or protégé as a vehicle for our own campaigning? For which reason, probably, we were not permitted to claim the costs of the excellent Public Law & Costs barrister, Simon Butler whom we had engaged to fight our corner for us.
But as I told Simon, I had all along been fully prepared to pay his fee in the cause of defending our ‘brand’ and the continued right of lay legal advisers or ‘paralegals’ such as McKenzie Friends not to be arbitrarily or summarily (as it previously appeared to us) penalised for defending our ‘clients’/‘protégés’ interests to the best of our ability and within in the parameters of our traditional remit.
Thanks to our very competent barrister and a benign judge, the outcome of these proceedings represents a civilised and somehow reassuringly ‘British’ compromise, the concerns of all sides having been fully advertised as well as satisfactorily met: Continue reading
It’s now well over 2 weeks since our part-‘cyber-event’ at Theatro Technis in Camden and I’m still struggling to get the videos of the evening event up on line – many apologies for keeping you waiting and please bear with me.
If my psychic powers serve me right, the year we’re in, 2015 could well be the turning-point in the centuries-old struggle on this planet between the forces of good and the forces of evil.
July 2015 will play the pivotal role. This very month we, the ‘forces of good’, ‘knights-of-the-people’ or however you prefer to define us have a MASSIVE OPPORTUNITY to really begin to turn things around towards the kinder, fairer, happier world we all desire, away from the lies, the deceit, the injustice, cruelty and violence that have up till now monopolised the historical narrative. A sickening catalogue of mindless destruction of all that is good and beautiful, with up till now seemingly no end in sight and always the threat of worse to come…
I have grown weary of continuously reporting, albeit only to a tiny cross-section of that elusive entity known as ‘the public’ on what for several years now I’ve viewed as the human race’s No. 1 Problem, often referred to in my speeches and interviews as ‘THE PROBLEM’. There is no longer the slightest doubt in my mind that this one major ‘Problem’ underpins, informs and is the ultimate source of all the other problems infesting human so-called civilisation. Therefore, were we to/could we ever solve this one cardinal problem, really resolve it for good, our world would change out of all current recognition for the better. Continue reading
Mhoust42 is a very professional ‘citizen reporter’ who accompanied the rally from its preparation to the march to the prison, i.e. Easter Sunday with a difference: commitment to making a difference in public.
He produced 10 videos altogether and Belinda addresses the 50 campaigners on this video, starting at 33 mins.