Have a drink Nick

If I were to describe secretive organisations that make millions from mafia states, you would imagine – what? Mercenaries? Conspiracies with Blofeld at their head? Nothing so thrilling, I’m afraid. Picture instead respectable lawyers of high status and higher income, whose love of money is now, in the words of the Commons foreign affairs committee, a matter of “national security”. Others should judge whether they were so “entwined in the corruption of the Kremlin and its supporters that they are no longer able to meet the standards expected of a UK regulated law firm”.

The lawyers who worried MPs worked at the “magic circle” London firm Linklaters, whose 40 highest-paid partners received £1.57m on average last year. Linklaters decided that the attempted murder of the Skripals, Russia’s shooting down of the MH17, its complicity in crimes against humanity in Syria, the annexation of Crimea, the invasion of Ukraine, support for the far right, the interference in democratic elections in the west and the suppression of democracy at home in no way obliged it to answer questions about its dealings with Moscow. It had nothing to say about its role in floating a Russian company last year.

The argument seems to be that bad guys shouldn’t be allowed to have lawyers.

I’m really pretty sure that’s not the way we want the system to work actually.

16 comments on “Have a drink Nick

  1. Cohen is another commentator who has been driven madder by brexit, and is displaying that madness over everything he writes.

  2. I think Russians should have lawyers. How else would we get to see the Russians Mueller indicted turning up for their day in Court and the Special Prosecutor back pedalling because he made the entire indictment up?

    As a great moment in American politics it is hard to beat.

  3. Trump is awesome. He managed to force the left into acknowledging the Russian threat after decades of artfully ignoring it, and has actually got the left to show their true colours: most recently by having them defend MS13. Over this side of the pond we’re seeing our useful idiots show themselves up as the racists they have become. Pity Theresa is so useless 🙁

  4. @Rupert Fiennes: he’s also managed to get the US judiciary to rule that Twitter is a public space where the First Amendment applies, at least for US public officials, and its a small step from that to everyone else. So the Left laugh at Trump for him not now being able to block people on Twitter, while ignoring they’ve just gone a lot closer to free speech applying to everyone, the Right included, on Twitter ( and probably all manner of other large scale social media networks).

  5. No, no, he’s on to something. We just need to figure out which ones are the Bad Guys and which ones are Good Guys before the case goes to trial.

  6. Tony Querfotze,

    The liberal mafia have lost control of the propaganda market (TV, major newspapers). It’s not just Brexit. It’s Trump.

    They’re desperately fighting the new propaganda competitors. They’re throwing everything at them.

    It’s not going to work, though.

  7. @Rupert Fiennes, May 27, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Trump is awesome. He managed to force the left into acknowledging the Russian threat after decades of artfully ignoring it, and has actually got the left to show their true colours: most recently by having them defend MS13. Over this side of the pond we’re seeing our useful idiots show themselves up as the racists they have become. Pity Theresa is so useless

    “defend MS13” – and 2m 37s – DRNK, Hamas, Antifa, Terrorists, Iranian Mullahs, Risky Refugees, Illegal Immigrants…

    Lesson: the left can not be trusted to act in national or their electorates’ interests.

  8. Dunno… The lesson here seems to be: “insanely rich people and nation states are capable of hiring *very good* ( and therefore very expensive) unscrupulous law-benders/apologists to represent them in court.”

    This is, of course, not to be compared to, say.. that paragon of freedom, justice and equality, the United States of America.

  9. Can we also apply this principle to news organisations that have defended criminals, evil people and regimes now and in the past? I’m sure the Observer will have form for this.

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