Saturday, 9 February 2013


At the end of the 19th century a famous Portuguese writer, journalist and diplomat Eça de Queiroz, wrote these words regarding his contemporaries:
"In our democracies the aim of the majority of people is to obtain in seven lines utter praise from the newspapers. In order to get those blessed seven lines in print, men and women will resort to any kind of deeds — even good ones."
These words could have been written yesterday. They could also be adapted to present life in general with the amount of bad news we see on a daily basis... "In order to get those blessed targets, men and women will resort to any kind of deeds — even legal ones." It is the Lance Armstrong principle. In order to win, a race, a conviction, a pip in LIBOR, an investigation to a football disaster, a target in an hospital, a cheaper lasagna, a knighted broadcaster, perverting the course of justice... people will use the law to interpose and nullify (as Martin Luther King said 50 years ago) any sense of honesty or decency. 

I am angry today, angry because Frances Andrade died in total obscurity, while the Crown Prosecution Service was playing numbers and tactics to win another case, another victory at the expense of the victim. Frances Andrade lived a life of betrayal, first by her school, then by her school teacher. These failed to protect her, covering up each others actions. She managed to survive that betrayal for 25 years. Then she was betrayed again, this time under the umbrella of securing Michael Brewer's conviction, totally ignored by those who should have cared for her and to whom she deposited her trust. They were oblivious that their actions would be a step too far and something could be detrimental to her welfare. Indeed it was, and in the end they got their phyrric victory. Who will want to stand in court now after the disclosure of this disgraceful outcome? Of course the CPS and others are now coming out with the standard legal excuses, that they followed all procedures, did everything right, this was unforeseen, she had a past of suicidal tendencies, to justify their Pontius Pilate's stance, as if this argument does not give even more weight for their lack of care and disregard! Even the judge that presided to court, Martin Rutland, is coming with another standard excuse saying "the barrister who questioned her could not be criticised. Speaking at the end of the trial, praised all counsel for their conduct in the case, including Kate Blackwell QC, defending Michael Brewer, who cross-examined Mrs Andrade." What else could he say? That he permitted his session to go out of control by allowing the defense to ask inappropriate and slanderous questions to the victim? And why did the prosecution not make any objection to the treatment Frances Andrade was being subjected to? Bizarre judge that allows this to happen in front of everyone and then instructs the jury to record not guilty verdicts in five! counts due to "insufficient evidence". Is it not up to the jury to evaluate the validity of the evidence put in front of them? If not, what is the point of having a jury to start with? But this judge already did this before where he ORDERED the jury to come out with a non guilty verdict. Ordered a jury!

Probably an inquest will be made to the circumstances of Frances Andrade's death. Presided by a judge with a verdict of "misfortune" or "accidental" written all over. All legal, let's all have a good night sleep, all of us with the notion that we all had a good day's work. Pity it is not an honest one.

Maybe an enquiry will be made about this event, by a judge (who else) as the judiciary does not have an IPCC equivalent. And maybe once again for the nth time David Cameron will appear on our TV screens saying the same words we should now get used too "... and for this we are extremely sorry!"

No comments:

Post a Comment


Abbey Act of Union Al Murray Al Qaeda al-Hilli Aldi algorithm Alistair Darling amateurs Amazon Andy Burnham Angela Merkel Apple Apprentice USA Arabic Aramaic avarice bad accounting bank Bank of America Bank of England bankers banks Barack Obama Barclays Bank Barrabas battered wife BBC beef Big issue Bigfoot Black-Scholes blag Blake Edwards Boeing 777 boobs Boris Johnson brexit Britain Britain First British BS BSOD cancer carbon footprint Carmen Reinhart Catholics Cathy Rentzenbrink CCTV Cessna Chagos Charleston Chevaline Chilean Peso China Chris Huhne Citibank CLP Clydesdale Comigel compensation compound Conservatives corporation Corsa Cosa Nostra counterfeit courts Coutts cowboys creationism credit crunch crime Cristovam Buarque Crown Prosecution Service cupertino cycling data data storage David Cameron death debt Decca Aitkenhead deception Deep Impact Del Boy deportation derivative Diego Garcia disentropy distraction diversion dollar Donald Trump doomsday door Dubai Duchess of Cambridge Duke of Cambridge Durham Book Festival Economist Ed Milliband edollars education embezzlement encryption energy entropy ERII errors Esbjörn Svensson Trio EST eternity ethnicity EU EU citizens EU referendum Europe eurozone event horizon evolutionism Excel FA facebook fake Falklands Fannie Mae fashion Faslane FBI Federal Reserve Findus Flight MH370 FM For The Many foreign exchange forest Frances Andrade Freddie Mac FSA Fürstenberg G20 GDP Gengis Khan George Bush ghost money God google Google Drive GOP Gordon Brown greed Grenfell Guantanamo Bay gun gun control guns ham Hatton Garden Haute-Savoie Henry VIII hijacking Hillary Clinton Hillsborough hoax Hollande Holyrood horse HSBC Hulk Hogan human Ian Watson Gladwish Iceland iCloud IMF incompetence indians inflation Institutional Corruption interest Internet iPad iPhone islands Jacintha Saldanha jazz Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Paxman Jo Cox John Prescott journalists Julie Andrews Katie Middleton Kenneth Rogoff King Edward VII Labour Labour Leadership Lac Mégantic Lamborghini Larry Page lawyers Light Brigade loans London Lord Sugar Los Angeles losers loss lottery Louise Mensch love Mafia Maillaud Malaysia Malvinas Margaret Thatcher Martin Rutland mass shooting McDonalds Metropolitan Police Michael Brewer Michael Gove Microsoft misconception misrepresentation moby dick money Monthy Python Morgan Freeman murder music MWh nail house National Insurance Nationwide Natwest Nelson Mandela nerdocracy New York News Corporation News of the World newspaper Nick Leeson Nicola Sturgeon Nigel Farage NRA nuclear plant odds oil Olympic Oregon Osama Bin Laden Oxford Palestinians paperless Paris passport Peckham Pedro Beça Múrias penny photovoltaic pollution Pope Francis prank President Princess privacy probability processed food Québec Queen Elizabeth II Queen of England race racism. discrimination rain forest RBS referendum Religion remain Republicans rescission respect Robert Mugabe Romania Ronald Reagan Royal Bank of Scotland Royal Family Rupert Murdoch S.O.B. Sadiq Khan saint-exupery saints Salmond San Bernardino Scotland Silly Money sinners Sky Skydrive Slominski smoke SNP solar panels Sonderkommandos Sorbonne sorry soylent green speculation St. George stabbing Stephen Lawrence storage sudden riches sum0 Sun Power surrender suspicion Syed Rizwan Farook terror Terry Bollea Tesco thalidomide The Apprentice The Cloud The Sun Theresa May Tim Cook timber Tom Watson toxic train runaway train trees Trotter troubles trust truth twitter Typhoon UK UKIP Umpqua Unesco United Nations US elections USA USA President USD vault war Wayne Lee Busst weapon westminster White House Winston Churchill World Yale Yvette Cooper Zimbabwe ZWD

She's fit?

My apologies for this Julie... one day I may tell you the story.