Posted on | July 28, 2013 | 12 Comments
Several things I wanted to blog about, so little time before conk out time…
A man has been arrested over the rape threats to Caroline Criado-Perez, the woman at the forefront of the successful campaign to get a woman on a bank note. Sadly the threats are wholly unremarkable, as they represent pretty typical behaviour on twitter and online generally. It is somehow okay to make serious threats of sexual or physical violence or to verbally abuse and humiliate people with whom you disagree, but particularly women. I have seen this sort of thing many times before and it is extreme and utterly abhorrent. It happened with Katie Hopkins, it happened with Mary Beard – the unusual feature of the Criado-Perez case is that the police appear to be taking some action. About time, they’ve wasted enough time arresting people for abusing poppies, making jokes or being twits – but there is no level on which threatening to rape someone or describing sexual acts that you would like to perform on them is acceptable or funny and its about time that we found a better way of dealing with it than hoping forlornly that not feeding the trolls or shaming the trolls will somehow fix this.
Next. If you haven’t already you should read the report of the Judicial Working Group on Litigants in Person, covered by Richard Moorhead here (yes, I know it’s been out a while).
Next. The Fourth Instalment of the President’s View has been released to critical acclaim (see the FLBA Guidance Locator here). The proposed Transparency provisions are interesting – in essence most judgments will be published including names of social workers and experts.
In other news, we caught 15 crabs today and ate too much tapas.