Quirks and charms

Peter A Bell

Previously, I have written about various oddities in the case which saw Craig Murray imprisoned for contempt of court. One such quirk is the very concept of ‘jigsaw identification‘. This ‘offence’ occurs when details are published which when combined with other details already in the public domain can lead to the identification of a person or persons who have been granted the privilege of anonymity by a court of law. This is getting quirky already. The individual charged is being prosecuted not for identifying the person afforded the protection of the court. They are being prosecuted for publishing details which when combined in a particular way with other information might make it possible for someone sufficiently interested and determined to identify the person being protected.

The details published don’t have to identify anybody and nobody need actually be identified for an offence to have been committed. There is no…

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Author: Duncan Spence

Mountaineer, retired bicycle messenger, philosopher, wordsmith, proofreader, Dutch translator.

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  1. The law works in mysterious ways, Duncan/Peter. The bloggers represent a medium over which the government and the law has no as much control as it would like. You can always threaten, bully or bribe the MSM and the state broadcaster, but bloggers are hard to pin down and pummel into shape – at least, the shape they want.

    The reason for Craig Murray’s prosecution was ‘pour encourager les autres’ – and it worked, in a way, because all the bloggers rushed to subscription to protect themselves, rightly so. Now, people are reblogging on other sites, on Facebook, etc., so the word is still getting out there, to the masses, if they bother to read it.

    The dissension is getting through, though, as The National’s letters pages testify to, with blustering SNP and Sturgeon loyalists having a go every other day. I’m glad I’m a dissenter because I’ve had my fill of merry-go-round independence. They are going to have to find out the hard way that this SNP administration has not the slightest intention of bringing it in, not if another excuse can be found to delay yet again. Och, hell mend them all.

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