The long shadow of the law

“You know, the comings and goings at St Paul’s Cathedral remind me of Trollope’s The Warden,” said OldRuin.

“Different issues but still tying themselves up in knots as they exhibit their complete lack of experience in the cut-throat and worldly business of politics and the media.”

“I really don’t understand why more wasn’t made about seeking sanctuary within the church itself,” said BusyBody. “Then there’d be no blaming the Corporation of London.”

“Yes, I’ve always found the concept of sanctuary incredibly comforting,” said OldRuin. “That whenever the state over-reaches its powers the church is able to offer protection.”

“Ah, but at that point you stumble on their infamous health and safety issues,” said OldSmoothie.

“That’s something which has never bothered me here but that’s because I don’t think any member of chambers would be stupid enough to take on the legal might of the rest of chambers,” said HeadClerk.

“It’s a sad indictment when even the holy sanctuaries of this country are defiled by petty rule-makers and all round busy bodies,” said HeadofChambers.

“You can never escape the long shadow of the law,” said TheBusker. “It reaches into every nook and cranny of our daily lives. You know, even many versions of the Bible are subject to copyright restrictions.”

“I had a case the other day in which the writer of some love letters was claiming that the recipient had no right to publish them,” said TheVamp. “Raised all sorts of mind-numbing issues.”

“Firework night’s the classic,” said HeadClerk. “I heard of one place which even had a bonfire on a screen to avoid the risk which would be created by real fire.”

“And no Guy to burn and the kids standing around looking scared in their designated sparkler areas,” said Teflon.

“Yes, because celebrating a man being burnt at the stake and detonating a bunch of explosives is a really good example to be setting the next generation,” said UpTights.

“I imagine you’d be a health and safety issue if you stood too near to a bonfire,” said OldSmoothie. “All that plastic might just melt down to nothing.”

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister written by Tim Kevan whose new novel is Law and Peace. For more information and to read past posts visit babybarista.com. Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

November 11, 2011 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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