Kerry Underwood

THE QUEEN’S SPEECH – MAY 2015

with 12 comments


Dick Chilblain reports live from Westminster – May 2015

“My previous governments, comprising the Labour, Liberal and Conservative parties have been preparing for the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. To this end my governments of the last 18 years have: –

  •  Scrapped legal aid
  • Increased court fees tenfold
  • Introduced employment tribunal fees causing an 80% reduction in cases
  • Heavily restricted Judicial Review
  • Allowed non-lawyers to practice law
  • Allowed the banks to get away with treason
  • Mounted a sustained attack on lawyers and professional people generally
  • Introduced damaging and expensive reforms which do not work
  • Introduced a further set of damaging and expensive reforms that do not work
  • Caused a huge increase in litigants in person clogging up the courts and not getting justice
  • Sought to destroy the rule of law
  • Acted like a bunch of Nazi yobs towards the legal system.

The fees in my courts are now so expensive that even I cannot afford them and I am the Queen. I am surprised at the tenfold increase in court fees as I spend much of my time giving Royal Assent to endless Bills waffling on about reducing the cost of going to law.

Consequently in exercise of my Royal Prerogative and to celebrate 800 years of Magna Carta I am reversing all of the above changes.

In addition I will never again appoint a Lord Chancellor who is not a lawyer.”

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Written by kerryunderwood

February 13, 2015 at 1:04 pm

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  1. 3 cheers for Her Majesty – hip hip….!

    Fred

    February 13, 2015 at 1:12 pm

  2. Thanks Kerry- and you could add it’s a certainty they wont do a thing about forcing the Met to withdraw their outrageous proposal that protesters should pay for their own policing. All one of a piece- but hey-it’s Friday!

    Francis O'Neill

    February 13, 2015 at 1:33 pm

  3. Thanks Francis

    I fear that this country is on the road to Nuremberg.

    Kerry

    kerryunderwood

    February 13, 2015 at 1:38 pm

  4. made me smile, at any rate (ironical smile?). m

    Maggie Hemsworth

    February 13, 2015 at 1:55 pm

  5. Brilliant !

    GREG SCHOFIELD

    February 13, 2015 at 2:38 pm

  6. Bit of a late addition, but whilst looking up the personal injury inducements ban (actually something I agree with) I came across new provision to allow what it calls “single justice trial on the papers”. In the drafting it is clear that whomever wrote it does not understand the difference between a trial and sentencing and it states that the court may “try the charge as if the accused had pleaded guilty” (if he pleaded guilty there would be nothing to try!).

    But in this Orwellian super-state, a single person sitting in an office somewhere now has the power to issue £5,000 fines and potentially unlimited financial orders against people – which if not complied with result in imprisonment. And the only safeguards against this are that if the accused received and understands a “Single Justice Procedure Notice” he or she can object against it, and if the recipient of a conviction by post gets a driving ban, they are allowed to put further representations against the ban before it is made final (Awww, isn’t that nice of them).

    Just when you think you have seen it all …

    Dominic Cooper

    February 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm

  7. What is going on in relation to the curtailment of trials and hearings etc is deeply worrying.

    Kerry

    kerryunderwood

    February 16, 2015 at 3:32 pm

  8. It worries me more that practitioners never saw this shift coming as soon as Axe Man Harry Woolf started. His whole regime is an exercise in obsfucation – the purpose of which is to reduce access to justice and hence the burden on the courts. (big commercial foreign cases excepted of course).

    Root

    May 21, 2015 at 1:34 pm

  9. We might usefully add:
    “My Government has been complicit in the unlawful kidnap and rendition of our citizens and others to places outside the protection of the rule of law or Habeas Corpus where they have been subjected to abuse, brutal torture, prolonged detention without trial and in some instances extra judicial executions at the hands of our good allies in that other bastion of freedom – The United States of America”.

    Root

    May 25, 2015 at 9:37 am


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