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When Twitter Took 333 off Trafigura & Carter-Ruck

Cricket fans will know the test match to which I allude here.

It’s the summer of 1990 at Lord’s.  England are playing India.  Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin wins the toss and invites England to bat.

Captain and opening batsman Graham Gooch takes the Indian attack for 333 runs in an England first innings total of 653/4.

After the match Mohammad Azharuddin insisted that his decision to insert England was the right one.  Even though Gooch hammered another 123 runs in his second innings and England won by some distance.  When an opposition batsman hits 450-plus off your bowling, you’ve made a big mistake. You might not be keen to publicly admit it even though the rest of the world can see it’s a big mistake but it remains a big mistake nonetheless.

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The Nightjack Verdict

I’ve had little confidence in the judiciary since my university days when we found out just how hard it was (and maybe still is) to sack a judge. Damn near impossible (if memory serves) even if all that judge’s marbles have fallen out of his pockets and rolled down the London sewers.

I’d be interested to know just what Mr Justice Eady knows about blogging and the internet in general. One can only make an informed judgement when one understands the contexts of the case. It Mr Justice Eady doesn’t know that much about blogging and the internet then could it be argued that his judgement wasn’t fully informed?

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MPs’ Expenses And A Question For Hazel Blears

I’ve written about how my work expense claims were checked and dealt with and how I see professional standards as important. Arguments that claims were “not breaking the rules” don’t really cut the mustard. There is also a requirement of MPs (and anyone in professional life) to act ethically and in the spirit of the highest standards of conduct. Just because you didn’t break the rules doesn’t mean you didn’t drive a cart and horses through the spirit of those rules. Ultimately this whole issue shows a seedier side to Parliament and taints those MPs and prospective MPs who are completely honest and transparent in their affairs. Politics itself has been tainted by this issue. There will be many now who won’t engage with the political system because “they’re all as bad as each other”.

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