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2021vii26, Monday: now read this.

Not my stuff, obviously. But the piece I’m linking to – entitled “I just learned I only have months to live. This is what I want to say” – is breathtaking. Do yourself a favour. Please. Someone is so, so right on the internet: Another short one. I’d say I’m making up for lost time, […]

2021vii25, Sunday: Take me home.

I spent my Saturday lost in music. Oh sweet Jesus. It was… wonderful. I’ll make this brief. Go to the cinema. Watch Summer of Soul. Soon as you can. For those without the privilege to have encountered this superlative movie, the short version: in the summer of 1969, as hippies and drop-outs were converging on […]

2021vii8, Thursday: Passive, aggressive.

Apologies for the long gap. I may be pedantic, but some words have old meanings that carry genuine value – the more so because of the state we’re in. I’m torn when it comes to language.  On the one hand, I’m absolutely alongside the idea of seeing linguistic evolution on a prescriptive rather than normative […]

2021vi28, Monday: Interest.

Accountability starts with keeping track of conflicts of interest. Fail to do that, and corruption comes next. As the Matt Hancock saga shows all too clearly. Back in my banking days, part of my job – frankly, one of the less fun parts – was to help people understand not only what restrictions and controls applied […]

2021vi23, Wednesday: “Important.”

Qualified good news about open justice – but with a significant sting in the tail. And a fascinating update on corruption definitions from an old friend. Short thought: For anyone relatively new to the law (by which I mean the past half-dozen years or so) the idea of a life before BAILII is just incomprehensible.  Seriously? No […]

2021vi21, Monday: It doesn’t have to be “personal” to be corruption.

Organisations can be corrupt, not just people. As a new report shows. And without an public duty to be transparent, that will be the rule, not the exception. Short thought: There are a million definitions of corruption. It’s one of those “know it when you see it” kinds of words, and an exact definition is probably […]

2021vi16, Wednesday: Domestication.

Pets deserve eulogies; cats especially so, given that it’s the junior partner in the relationship who’s writing them. And an example of the fake “war on woke”. From a silk, no less. For shame. Someone is right on the internet: The relationship between cats and people is a nuanced one. That may be one of […]

2021vi14, Monday: Culture wars and small differences.

When you hear the phrase “war on woke”, it’s always worth looking around. What is someone trying to stop you from seeing – or thinking about? Short thought: As I mentioned the other week, I mistrust and – frankly – despise anyone who decides to weaponise division to gain or keep power.  Culture wars are […]

2021vi9, Wednesday: Just one guy.

A friend made me cry over the weekend. I can’t thank him enough. Short thought: It was the bags that did it for me. An old friend, Andy Marshall, posted to his Twitter feed on Saturday a video from 1989. I watched it. For what must be the hundredth time. And, as always, burst into tears. […]

2021vi4, Friday: People ≠ things.

What happens when you thingify people? Nothing good. Apologies. As I mentioned, this week has been vacation, and has been busy with family matters. Without breaking anyone else’s confidentiality, suffice it to say that there’s a lot of complicated and slightly scary stuff happening to people I love. I’ll try to stick to three posts […]

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