Harry Harperson

Isn\’t she supposed to be a lawyer?

The deputy Labour leader, Harriet Harman, today stepped up the pressure on the former RBS chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin to waive his £693,000 pension, saying the government aimed to take the money back from him.

"The prime minister has said that it is not acceptable and therefore it will not be accepted," she told the BBC\’s Andrew Marr Show.

"It might be enforceable in a court of law, this [pension] contract – but it is not enforceable in the court of public opinion, and that is where the government steps in."

Can\’t we get her cashiered from the Law Society or the Inns of Court for saying such a mind gobblingly awful thing? Or would it be easier just to shoot her?

Lashings of ginger beer for the first person to get that Robert Boult quote into the comments.

20 comments on “Harry Harperson

  1. You mean this Robert Boult quote?

    ‘The law is not a “light” for you or any man to see by; the law is not an instrument of any kind. The law is a causeway upon which so long as he keeps to it a citizen may walk safely.’
    Robert Bolt quotes

  2. You mean this Robert Boult quote?

    ‘The law is not a “light” for you or any man to see by; the law is not an instrument of any kind. The law is a causeway upon which so long as he keeps to it a citizen may walk safely.’

    Tim adds: Not quite, the Sir Thomas More one…and would you cut down all the laws in England to get at the Devil etc…

  3. Someone should let Harriet know that the court of public opinion would like to see her dance the Paddington Jig.

  4. “What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? … And when the law was down, and the Devil turned round on you – where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s, and if you cut them down — and you’re just the man to do it — do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!” – Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons

  5. Isn’t she supposed to be a lawyer?

    Yes, and used to be the legal officer for Liberty. It would be pathetic if it wasn’t so dangerous for all of us.

  6. QC. Ex Solicitor General. She should be disbarred.

    OTOH, Dr Crippen suggests they might disinter the Act of Attainder procedure. Now there’s an idea. Not for Fred, mind…

  7. Her BA from York was politics. I think I am right in saying that any degree (didn’t have to be law) was a pass to pupillage in the Inns of Court and that one then studied law ‘on the job’ in a manner of speaking. It’s probably changed, now. All you needed in the good old days was a friendly pupil master (easily available to Labour royalty like HH) — and one might almost say the same of taking silk in due course. Not only am I unimpressed by ‘QC’ but I didn’t know what corruption was until I got to know some lawyers at close quarters. (Pace the decent ones.)

  8. Whilst I don’t agree with it, I presume this means a return to the death penalty? Perhaps also the legalising of lynching for alleged paedophiles as well?

    And when the court of public opinion really turns against the Labour they will willing walk to the nearest lamppost and hang the rope around their own necks, I presume.

  9. If the law of contract can be overturned by some farcical “Court of public opinion” then a law degree becomes useless. Rather like Harman and the rest of her fellow travellers.

  10. From a government with so many lawyers such willingness to ignore the legality of a contract is deeply concerning.

    For the moment the government will probably just content themselves with wasting large amounts of yet more taxpayer’s money on some expensive city lawyers to prepare a case that may never reach a UK court. Even if it does, it would almost certainly end up being lost in the European Court.

    Perhaps they will eventually follow Mugabes lead and send in the (class) war veterans to forcibly remove other peoples legally held assets?

    If the Government decides to pursue the option of a bill of attainder which is reportedly being considered (see http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/daniel_hannan/blog/2009/03/01/harriet_harman_wants_a_bill_of_attainder_against_sir_fred_goodwin) they will be setting a precedent that could severely backfire on them when the opposition form a government and the “court of public opinion” is demanding that Labour ministers are held to account as well as the bankers who are currently being scapegoated.

  11. Someone on Comment is Free wrote an article saying the bankers ought to be stripped of their pensions and thrown in prison.

    Precisely what law they broke he did not point out.

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  13. Apropos of QCs, weren’t the rules changed unofficially about 30 years ago such that any barrister-MP could apply for and obtain silk automatically?

  14. Harperson seems oblivious to the fact that the Court of Public Opinion would have her pushed out of an aircraft somewhere over the Atlantic with a primed grenade welded to her chastity belt.

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