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Cannon Law – Sensible Reformation of Attitudes

It is truly fascinating Canon Law in relation to Blair’s comment about a change of the Catholic out dated doctrine on Gay rights. It can be done according Anthanasius, Benedictus PP. XVI. He may change the teaching of the Church at any time he pleases, as could any Pope. The immaculate conception and ascension are two doctrines that have since become dogmatic teaching. (Such changes can only be accomplished by the Holy).

Tony Blair’s recent conversion to Catholicism may seem surprising to many, but his faith has been the cornerstone of  his  adult creative  life. If one examines faith in more detail we can make much more sense of it. Religion in modern day society is regarded as being the cause of war over the past centuries, this doctrine or idea is largely correct. Why would people go to war and risk their life for an ideal or belief. Interpretation of these events that happened over 2000 years ago in Jerusalem is where  we must look. The problem lies arguable in the misuse of these ideas and knowledge. Religion is powerful and gives a small minority great power. There is no doubt that almost all modern day conflicts and animosity between differing groups are based upon religious idealism.

Biblical events are the founding of much of western culture they represent a learning and creativity that enables people to achieve their full potential. This creativity has often been taken out from the bible and used in many self empowering everyday courses and learning centers. Some people prefer to disconnect that creativity from religious group. We should note that difference between the physical events as recorded in the Bible from the interpretations of different religious groups. In this modern information age the every person is empowered to have direct access  to the  events that occurred. So that they can create a personal interpretation. This is important in understanding the way forward for faith in the 21st century.

The interpretation of events is still very much open, any church or religious group can change their by laws to interpret  the teachings correctly. Tony Blair from a legal perspective was certainly correct in stating that the church can and should change its doctrine to provide proper pastoral care to all people that seek it. It is logical that different people are drawn to different groups because of what they represent, this itself does not make that group correct. So here you have a balance between what you believe or would like to believe and what really happened. Interface foundations such as the one begun by Tony Blair represent a move forward in the right direction. The different groups can focus on the forgiveness and love that they understand from their teachings/biblical events.

In some respects modern day democracy within the church is highly questionable. They have not traditionally encouraged their members to think outside of the box. This will honestly have to change in the future with modern technology raising questions over a large number of subjects from cell cloning to sexuality. I don’t believe that any God would encourage people not to live up to their full potential. Church law is now in need of urgent reform to provide a full service that God and its people expect from it.

Sack The Policy Maker

policy-makersI cannot really put it any other way. It has been puzzling me for the past couple of weeks. Idea that we have a Prime Minister handling our affairs who in my opinion is directly responsible for them. Gordon Brown before becoming Prime Minister was Chancellor of the Exchequer for 10 years. Why is it in this time did he fail to regulate the banks. Surely that is the job of the Chancellor and if it is not his job than whose job was it? I believe that society should look after all its members. The current leadership of the Labour Party is an absolute disgrace.

How can they seek to justify the clawing back of bonuses and overpaid pensions. When they were responsible for the situation. The current witchhunt of Sir Fred Goodwin bears witness to a government that is seeking to shirk its responsibility. Only two years ago Sir Fred Goodwin was named business leader of the year. Now I do agree that he has been overpaid, but it is this situation that was allowed to continue for far too long. It is not rocket science to see the figures being quoted on the asset sheets were highly questionable. I don’t doubt for one moment that banking leaders the world over were aware of this situation. It would appear that they have chosen to ignore this and instead fill their own pockets. Of course everybody was quite happy to let this happen governments bankers and workers. As politicians look more towards the short-term satisfaction the general public will suffer long-term consequences. It is responsibility upon us all to seek long-term benefits. This was surely be the number one priority of an effective government.

This for me means that Gordon Brown must step down as Prime Minister. If the current government finds it acceptable that Fred Goodwin should retire from his post instead of clean up the mess he made (he is probably better equipped to do it than anybody else). Then Gordon Brown as the policy maker must forfeit his job. As a traditional Liberal supporter we must encourage and allow honesty to exist. It is only by having that we have a platform to deal with the root of the problems. Is this what voters asked for?

Recompense When Dealing With Crime

Magistrate courts are the first place for recompense when dealing with crime. Virtually all criminal cases start in the Magistrates’ courts. The less serious offences are handled entirely in the magistrates court. Over 95% of all cases are dealt with in this way. The more serious offences are passed on to the Crown Court, to be dealt with by a judge and jury.

When I spent the afternoon looking at how Lancaster magistrates court operate, it raised some questions about funding and the amount of time it took to achieve simple resolutions in straight forward cases.

Cases are heard either by three lay magistrates or one District Judge. The lay magistrates, or ‘Justices of the Peace’, are local people who volunteer their services. They don’t have formal legal qualifications, but are given legal and procedural advice by qualified clerks. District Judges are legally qualified, paid, full-time professionals and are usually based in the larger cities.

The two cases that were presented to the court when I was there were to do with television licence and confiscated funds. In the first case of the television licences the prosecuting solicitor had 40 cases to present to the judges. Most of the cases were uncontested. In all the cases we saw the defendants admitted the crime of not having a television licence. Under the Wireless Telegraph Act 1967 it is an offence to watch TV without the proper licence. Of the respondents that were contesting the prosecution who had appeared, they were on social benefits. There defence was not so much contesting the crime as offering up excuses for it. In one case a woman cited that her mother and her brother had died and that she suffered from depression. It was a second time she had not paid her licence. The judges consulted with one another and under the communication acts 2000. The court ordered that she pay the licence and was fined £60 and ordered to pay £45 costs. This procedure was followed for all the contested cases. In the uncontested cases it was much more straight forward. The Clerk would read out the charge. The prosecuting solicitor would than add any relevant information. For example that this is their second time that they have not paid. The Judges would than consult each other and a standard court order and would be given.

The Judges in these cases seemed to be totally unmoved by the arguments of these people living on income benefit that they could not meet their payments. They had been set a number of guide lines for sentencing. If the case had been proved or admitted as was the fact in the cases we saw, they applied these guidelines rigorously.

It was interesting to note in this case. There was one legal clerk, a prosecuting solicitor and three judges. That afternoon was going to be made up largely of dealing with these 40 cases. If we estimate the cost of that afternoon conservatively in relation to the result. The legal clerk and solicitor will charge two hundred pounds each per an hour. The cost of running the courts including all the administration duties will be much higher. As cited in the Criminal courts review “Local authorities found themselves making up increasing deficits in the cost of running their local courts. let’s say that the total cost is £900 pounds. Before you have got a result, there is already a considerable cost. As with most of these case I doubt that they will be paid on time as the defendants quite clearly have financial problems. More than likely a large percentage of them will be brought to the court on further charges, costing time and further expenses. Of course if all the defendants were to pay first time based upon the case above it would generate a net amount of £1800, making it an attractive proposition. I guess if the prosecutor feels it isn’t worth the time and expense than he will not pursue it. As is apparent from the criminal courts review, this is not a successful monetary improvement exercise.

Some other questions one may ask: Is Justice being served? Under the Electronic Communications Act 2000 every person must pay the television licence if they make use of broadcasted programs. Now the courts simply could not have chosen that they would have their TV removed until they had paid the fine. That would be against the law. Some doubts must be raised as the effectiveness of the legislation, if the object of the TV licence enforcer is to insure that all people pay their licence. Do they achieve this? Are there means reasonable? Is it cost effective? I would think that in cases relating to this matter that they could be easily resolved by the implementation of a decoder as used by suppliers of cable and satellite TV. Without the decoder you cannot watch TV, thus ensuring that only up to date subscriptions have access to the service. If they don’t pay they don’t watch TV programs and court time will no longer be used on reclaiming money from people who find it hard to pay for the service.

I think the BBC provides one of the best broadcasting services in the world. It is necessary to place monetary value on these services so to insure that they are not taken for granted. I do think it is one of the distinguishing factors between us and the Americans. Of course social media could be filling that gap too.

Lawyers the cost of Business

Having been involved in several legal cases to recover sums of money. There are a couple things that are starting to become clear.

Unless the amount you are seeking is a large sum it is almost in all cases not viable to employ a lawyer.

So the only choice left is to represent yourself. Learn the relevant act and hope that providence is on your on side. Or is it?

While the very cheapest lawyers will cost more then £100 are they the only people that can provide this service.

Anyone who has represented themselves in court law will find it is a strange experience. You can have all the best intentions but if you do not have the facts at that moment in time it can cost you severely, especially if it is your first time or not had the chance to prepare.

I wonder if there is market for assistance, At the very least for correct presentation of the facts.

What do you think?

Brainstorming Call it Personal Development

We have been doing quite bit of debating at about the future. It is good to keep developing and brain storming ideas.

The more you brainstorm the more you are able to do it.

Blogging is a form of brain storming. As is debating a subject. With debating one can develop many more ideas and understanding of events that happen around us.

I recommend setting an hour per week to brainstorm, call it personal development.

Blogging to Assess an Employees Performance

A couple of years ago I was applying for a job by a company in the UK. After the usual first get to know you meeting. They asked me to write a report about their website and what I thought about it.

I knew that this was a part of the job interview process so I wrote as honestly and as diplomatically as I could. Back then, I did not blog at all. Writing is not an obvious choice for me, I am much better orally speaking. I know why that is so, having kept a blog for over a year now. I am beginning to understand why writing is entirely different from speaking. It uses different parts of the brain. Which parts I am not entirely sure, but the more you activate a brain center the better it will perform. It is not as easy as it looks, but then again neither is it that hard. Without doubt, it does wonders for any plan to be able to take the effort to set it out on paper before you take any steps to put a plan into action. In fact I would even go so far to say that if we to do that with all important decisions in our life we would probably have a very different view point and live very different and probably richer lives, qualitatively speaking. If you are going to assess your employees on their writing skills you will have to create the right atmosphere. A free mind can develop very quickly (in children) unfortunately somewhat slower as an adult. So it is important that the employees do not feel that they have to write in certain way. Indeed that would be against the very essence of blogging. Forget having brain storming sessions, ask each employee to write something for you instead, that is a least the ones that cannot justify a better use of there of time than picking their nose. You will be amazed what you find…. this of course assuming that you have the more or less total confidence of your staff.