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About Barristerblogger

Thank you for coming to my Patreon page, and I hope you will feel able to join the small but incredibly valued group of people who pay me to write. 

As you probably know if you have come here, I am a barrister.  I still practise, and love appearing in court, for family reasons which I won't bore you with here I am not able to spend as much time doing that as was once the case.   It was largely for this reason that I started It won the award for the best independent blog at the 2015 Comment Awards. 

I have tried to make it an interesting and informative read for everyone - it is emphatically not just for lawyers. My real objective is to make the law comprehensible and interesting, something which these days often falls to legal bloggers rather than full time legal journalists.

I write more about the criminal law than anything else, but I have also covered family law issues such as the Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard cases.

On the criminal law, topics have included the so-called "Westminster VIP paedophile ring" (sceptically), the investigation into Ted Heath, the Greville Janner allegations, miscarriages of justice, the knotty problem of consent in "gender-fraud" cases, the death penalty and the Oscar Pistorius case.

I am against the "dock" in criminal courts the dreadful (now usually glass) box in which defendants are required to sit during their trials, and in favour of the right to ramble naked in the beautiful English countryside - or for that matter in our towns. On the other hand, if people want to appear in court while wearing a veil I don't think we should stop them; in fact there's quite a strong argument for saying everyone giving evidence should wear a veil but I wouldn't insist on that either.

I am against locking people up if it can possibly be avoided, especially in our foetid and dangerous prisons.

I have written about allegations of a baby-eating Satanic abuse ring at Christchurch School, Hampstead, and the peculiar law on sex with animals.

I have also written posts aimed at practising advocates - for example hints on how to make a good closing speech - and on what to watch out for if you are about to be cross-examined in court.

The blog has also published exclusive guest posts from such people as the philosopher and Inner Temple Bencher Sir Roger Scruton (on the principles of common law), legend of the criminal bar Nigel Pascoe QC (on how to conduct cross examination), and Times columnist David Aaronovitch, on (Satanic abuse scares).

I am interested in the many areas where law and politics overlap, especially the European Convention on Human Rights (Britain's continued membership of which I support), and the EU (where after some hesitation I decided, a bit late in the day, that I was strongly in favour of remaining).  I particularly enjoyed writing about the Brexit dividend to railway station platform heights.

I also have an interest in Middle-Eastern, and especially Turkish affairs. I wrote about the appalling case of Asia Bibi - still not resolved.

I'm broadly on the centre-right of British politics - though a demented liberal by US standards. My political instincts are fairly libertarian: I favour a high degree of freedom of speech, freedom of movement and freedom of business enterprise. I would like taxes kept as low as possible and I believe that a lower tax rate often may often lead to higher tax receipts. I support the decriminalisation of drugs, abortion on demand and a reduction in our prison population. Nationalist, Socialist and Green politics depress me.  I am in favour of fracking and of nuclear power and of growing genetically modified crops. I do not regard global warming as an existential threat, but if I did I would be even more in favour of nuclear power.

I'm very much against homeopathy chiropractic, naturopathy & basically all so called alternative medicines ("SCAMS").

I try to write a stimulating, occasionally provocative and above all readable blog. Occasionally I might even try to make you laugh. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

If you enjoy reading what I write, and if you would like to support me in continuing to produce high quality independent legal journalism then I would be very grateful if you could consider becoming a patron.

I do write from time to time for the mainstream media, including the Times and Daily Telegraph, the New Statesman, the Spectator and Quillette.  But the blog is at the centre of what I do, and it I would like to keep it that way.  Researching and writing it is time consuming and surprisingly exhausting work.  I am able to do it because of the generosity of my Patrons: each one of you is incredibly valued.

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