Diary Blog, 13 September 2021

Tweets seen today

That reminds me of the lady who lives at Bealtaine Cottage in Ireland: https://bealtainecottage.com/.

“Prepping” in the European context, especially in relatively crowded spaces such as the UK, cannot be the same as in, say, North America.

The problem with the more fuzzy kind of thinking about prepping in Europe is that it leaves out the potential for chaos and disorder if (or when) centralized authority collapses or disappears.

A few of my blog posts about prepping: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2018/07/05/the-pressing-need-for-safe-zones-in-the-uk-and-across-europe/; https://ianrobertmillard.org/2017/10/22/why-should-people-relocate-to-the-safe-zone-of-the-germinal-ethnostate/; https://ianrobertmillard.org/2021/01/19/diary-blog-including-thoughts-about-prepping-on-the-individual-level/; https://ianrobertmillard.org/2021/02/03/diary-blog-3-february-2021-including-more-thoughts-about-prepping/; and see https://www.ready.gov/food

Multiply that by about £20,000 per person (including NHS services, educational services, legal and police costs etc), a modest supposition, and the cost exceeds £32 billion per year…

How polite we British still are! Try that in, say, Russia or France and see what happens! It would have been amusing to see the cars shown here roll slowly towards the virtue-signallers (who mostly no doubt live comfortable easy lives with their parents in some suburban or semi-rural enclaves), and then just keep on going…

A Victorian phrenologist would have a field day with Sajid Javid’s head.

Late tweets seen

Such goblins and gargoyles purport to rule over us…

In fact, Professor Whitty is not a minister but Chief Medical Officer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Whitty. Still, the overall point is a good one.

“The good folk never notice when the Devil is sitting on their shoulder.” [Mephistopheles, in Goethe’s Faust].

As usual, A.C. Grayling misses the point.

Even were that stupid incompetent puppet to be suddenly removed, another puppet would take his place within days…

Late music

12 thoughts on “Diary Blog, 13 September 2021”

  1. Hello Ian: I have a couple of questions regarding Julian Assange. I have looked for the definition of the legal expression “on remand” and it says: (A) Return a case to another court for further action (B) Return the accused to custody pending trial or further detention.

    It seems to me that Assange’s case falls in the second category, my questions are: 1) Isn’t a limit to the time a person can be kept in custody pending trial? 2) Why is he still detained/in jail after two years? The whole thing seems to me very cruel, almost sadistic. I feel sorry for the man.

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    1. Claudius:
      “On remand” is usually used for “B” (above), i.e. to return a defendant to prison or other detention pending later trial, though it is still correct (though more rarely used these days) to say “remanded on bail”; these days, “released on bail” pending trial or other hearing (in this case an extradition hearing) is more common.

      There is no one set time limit in England for how long a defendant can be kept in custody pending trial; it depends on the type of case (whether “summary only” in the mags courts, “triable either way” in mags or Court Court, or “indictable only”, meaning Crown Court only).

      It also depends on whether the crime itself has, by being under (eg) the Crime and Disorder Act, any set limit.
      See
      https://www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/custody-time-limits-including-coronavirus-protocol

      Assange failed to surrender his bail previously, which means that for him there would be no limitation of time anyway:

      “Disregarding Custody Time Limits
      A CTL will be disregarded (i.e. no CTL will run) pursuant to s.22(5) of the Act in the following situations:
      The defendant was released on bail following the expiry of a CTL and subsequently, either fails to surrender to that bail or is arrested for breach or likely breach of bail under s.7(3) Bail Act 1976; or
      The defendant escapes from custody before the expiry of the CTL and is then rearrested (s.22(5) of the Act).”
      https://www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/custody-time-limits-including-coronavirus-protocol

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      1. Thank you very much for all the relevant information about the CTL. Now I realise, that Assange, either by his own decision or because he was wrongly advised, made a huge mistake for not surrendering his bail (I think that means he did not show up in court on a certain date). Therefore he can be kept in custody indefinitely. Is that so?

        His future looks very bleak…

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      2. Claudius:
        Well, any judicial decision in the lower courts, and any administrative or quasi-judicial decision, can be “judicially reviewed” by the High Court (work which I used to do as Counsel in the 1993-1996 period).

        Any such decision, even if discretionary, has to be made using *reasonable* discretion.

        A decision to, in effect, keep Assange locked up pending possible extradition *indefinitely* is surely (prima facie) unreasonable, imo.
        https://www.judiciary.uk/you-and-the-judiciary/judicial-review/
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_review_in_English_law
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_review_in_English_law#Irrationality

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  2. You made a very good point about the politeness or niceness of the average Briton and I think is one of the fatal flaws of the British and their American, Australian, New Zealander and Canadian cousins. The problem is that the majority of these people (out of ignorance or stupidity) do not realize that “niceness” or “politeness” should be reserved for those who deserve it.

    Yes, I would love to see these imbeciles trying this in Russia or China! (LOL).

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