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Meh – a skeptic sighs

I’m sick of the hypocrisy. I’m sick of the choosing where, why and how ideologies that should apply to everyone are applied.

I’m sick of people thinking being wronged against is an excuse for doing wrong.

I’m sick of being cast in the role of villain for not agreeing 100% with the action they think should be taken. Despite being in full agreement with them on the issue.

I’m fed up of people mischaracterising what people actually say or think to fit in with whatever crime they think/want them to have committed.

I’m fed up of hypocrisy, intellectual dishonesty and baseless and ignorant assumption.

I’m sick of people betraying and debasing their own principles in the name of defending them.

I’m fed up with how no one who should read this and understand it will bother to.


LLB Reading List request

Hello folks does anyone have access to these books or old copies lying around that they could bung my way?

Reading list

Scottish Legal System;

T1: M. White and I.D. Willock, The Scottish Legal System, (4th edition, Tottel Publishing: Edinburgh 2007)
T2: K. Fullerton, Legal Research Skills for Scots lawyers, (2nd edition, Greens: Edinburgh 2007)


Criminal Law;

(Most recent editions)
T1: Gordon, Criminal law (W Green)
T2:Jones & Christie, Criminal law (W Green)
T3: Gane & Stoddart, Casebook on Scottish Criminal law (W Green)


Obligations 1;

T1: Contract law in Scotland (2nd edition) 2007 MacQueen and Thomson
T2: Contract (3rd edition) 2001 Woolman and Lake
T3: Contract Cases and materials (2nd edition) 2003 Huntly, Blackie and Cathcart
T4: The law of Contract in Scotland (3rd edition) 2007 W.W. McBryde
T5: Unlocking Contract law (2nd edition) 2007 Chris Turner


Law of Human Rights;

T1: Ashton C and Finch V: Human Rights and Scots law (2002) W Green
T2: Reed R and Murdoch J: Guide to Human Rights law in Scotland (2007) 3rd ed Tottel
T3: Jowell J and Oliver D: The Changing Constitution (2006) OUP
T4: Fenwick H and Phillipson G: Text, Cases and Materials on Public law and Human Rights (2003)2nd ed. Cavendish
T5: Ewing K and Dale-Risk K: Civil Liberties in Scotland: Cases and Materials (2004) Greens
T6: Avizandum Statutes on Scots Public law (2006) Avizandum


Business Law;

T1: Davidson and MacGregor Commercial law in Scotland; 2nd ed. Greens 2008
T2: Gloag and Henderson Introduction to the law of Scotland 8th ed. Greens 2007
T3: McBryde law of Bankruptcy 3rd ed. Greens 2007
T4: Ashton et al. Understanding Scots law Greens 2007


Family Law,

T1: Avizandum Scots Family law Statutes (Avizandum)
T2: Thomson, Family law in Scotland, (Butterworths)
T3: Sutherland, Child and Family law, (Greens)
T4: Butterworths Scottish Family law Service (loose-leaf), Butterworths


Property Law;

T1: Guthrie: Scottish Property law, 2nd Edition, Tottel, 2005
T2: Gordon: Scottish Land law, 2nd Edition, W Green, 1999


Constitutional and Administrative Law.

T1: Bradley A and Ewing K: Constitutional and Administrative law 2006, 14th ed Longman
T2: Munro J: Public law 2007 2nd ed W Green
T3: Munro C: Studies in Constitutional law 1999 2nd ed Butterworths
T4: Barnett H: Constitutional and Administrative law 2006 5th ed Cavendish
T5: Himsworth C and O’Neill C: Scotland’s Constitution: law and Practice 2005 Butterworths
T6: Avizandum Statutes on Scots Public law 2006 Avizandum

Law of Evidence;

T1: Raitt, ‘The law of Evidence’, 3rd ed., 2001, W Green.
T2: Walker and Walker, ‘The law of Evidence in Scotland’, 2nd ed, 2001, T & T Clark.
T3: Sheldon, ‘Evidence: cases and materials’, 2nd ed, 2002, W Green.
T4: Westlaw & Lexis nexis (online resources).


Company Law;

T1: Grier Company law; 3rd ed. Greens 2009
T2: Gloag and Henderson Introduction to the law of Scotland 8th ed. Greens 2007
T3: Mayson French and Ryan Company law (a new edition each year)
T4: Sealy Cases and Materials in Company law Thomson 8th ed. 2007
T5: Davies Gower and Davies’ Principles of Modern Company law Thomson 8th ed.2008



Legal Profession,

T1: T. Welsh The Scottish Criminal Courts in Action, Bloomsbury Professional
T2: J Macfarlane the New lawyer – How Settlement is Transforming the Practice of law, University of British Columbia Press
T3: W. Ury Getting to Yes: Negotiating an Agreement Without Giving In, Random House Business Books

Dispute Resolution and Ethics;


EU Law;

T1: N. Foster, Foster on EU law, Oxford University Press.
T2: P. Craig, P and G. de Burca, EU law: Text, Cases and Materials, Oxford University Press.
T3:M. Horspool, European Union law, Oxford University Press.
T4: D. Chalmers, C. Hadjiemmanuil, G Monty, and A. Tomkins, European Union law, Cambridge University Press.
T5: P. Mathijsen, A Guide to European Union law, Sweet & Maxwell.
T6: J. Steiner et al, Textbook on EU law, Oxford University Press.


Law of Succession & Trusts,

T1: The Scots law of Succession Hiram, Tottel
T2: Succession”, Macdonald, Greens
T3: Trusts” K. McK.Norrie and E.M.Scobie W.Green


Obligations 2;

(most recent edition)
T1: McManus and Russell, Delict
T2: Thomson, Delictual liability


plus two option modules from a course-specific option pool.


Warning: may be triggery.

WARNING: This post may be triggery for those who have mental health issues and have considered taking their own lives.


Suicidal ideation isn’t nice. It’s something I pretty much have to deal with semi-regularly. Much of the time these thoughts can be silenced or muted by medication, friends, blogging and various other stuff. Sometimes they can’t – and that isn’t good.

It’s particularly “not good” as my default coping strategy has for many years been “superficial” self harm (or cutting myself). Maybe as a means of “control”, maybe as some sort of “release”. Likely a mix of both. It’s a maladaptive strategy and one I don’t advise. Recently I’ve been better at catching thought spirals and distracting myself before they get out of hand. But that takes a lot of effort.

But hey everything involved with being depressed takes a lot of effort. Getting out of bed in the morning takes a lot of effort. Getting out of the house to do anything takes a lot of effort. Making plans with people takes a lot effort.

A lot of effort to build up the self worth to consider it a good idea to get up

A lot of effort to put on the mask so you can face the world.

A lot of effort not to hate youself every minute of every day for the fat, untalented, stupid bastard you really are.

A lot of effort to do anything when you are in the grip of the malignant sadness.

For instance it is taking me a lot of effort to type this blog as I’m convinced it’s badly written, poorly realised shite.

But I felt I had to write something. Rather than responding to various conversations and attitudes that I find quite distressing.

I’ve thought about killing myself several times over the years, months… hell I even had intrusive thoughts about it last week. For those not familiar with the concept I had thoughts I didn’t want, about ending my own life, continually buzzing around my brain. They just appeared in there and wouldn’t go away. Wouldn’t leave me alone. 

Cos you know I don’t actually like these thoughts. Don’t like thinking I’m worthless, don’t like thinking all my achievements are mediocre and meaningless.Don’t like remembering there are times when I am not like this. Times when I wasn’t like this. Times when I wasn’t stuck in this fucking prison of self loathing, self absorption and self destruction.

And you know what doesn’t help? Being told suicide is “selfish” or “unacceptable”. Sometimes there are more complex reasons for these views than is apparent when people use them. Sometimes people just really do think that suicide is selfish.

Which is kinda the reason I spent much of my depressive life not seeking help. Battling on alone against pure fucking misery. Because I didn’t want to be ill. Not just because I wanted to be well but also because I didn’t want to be fucking selfish.

Thinking of suicide isn’t selfish, it isn’t unacceptable. You can maybe argue that suicide itself is. But I disagree. It’s applying a moral judgement using emotive language to an act that most probably can’t fathom. SO I don’t care that you might think it should be unacceptable or considered selfish. 


And if I do kill myself than know it’s (in part) down to a sort of twisted altruism so you don’t have to put up with me any more. 

My wee poll on Scottish independence

I have no way of getting a truly representative sample but thought this might be interesting.

There are two sets of three polls for people living in Scotland (just below) and the rest of the UK (under the Scots poll) and one simple poll in case anyone from anywhere else shows up at the bottom of the post.

Cheers for coming along to vote. Please do click on all three.

For people living in Scotland use these polls.

For those living in the rest of the UK use these polls.

For those living outside the UK.

PhP help (again!!!)

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Lib Dems: in need of a reality check

It’s been something of a roller coaster for Liberal Democrat supporters since the general election. Going from the dizzying heights of becoming a party of government in coalition at Westminster (not just the Welsh or Scottish assemblies (it’s a parliament cheers Vince)) to the utter drubbing the electorate handed them last Thursday.

The reaction from Libs has been interesting also. Seemingly only Scottish leader Tavish Scott seems willing to take the blame for the poor results and admit that these were a damning indictment of the Lib Dems joining the Tories in Coalition.

Lib Dems: it matters not what progressive policies you have implemented in government, it matters not that you believe you have softened the nasty party and taken the edge off the Tories.

All the ultimately matters is the electorates perception of you as a political party – the reality is neither here nor there. But it is also worth considering the reality and perhaps, I am afraid to say, the electorate just doesn’t care as much about the same things as Lib Dems as Lib Dems do.

So all your “look, look what we’ve done” jumping up and down might only make you look like a small child begging their parent to watch them do a trick. The parent will watch but won’t give a shit.

If the Lib Dems want to win the electorate back they need to start persuading them that they are doing more harm than good as opposed to telling us that we are wrong for thinking that they betrayed us.

Obviously this is harder and requires more fortitude than playing the victim – but it’s the only way back and if nothing else it’s a damn sight better than blaming Labour for everything that’s gone wrong.

Tavish resigns!

Tavish Scott has resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats

Statement from Tavish Scott 
“I want to announce that I am resigning the leadership of the Scottish Liberal Democrats with immediate effect.
“Thursday’s Scottish General Election result was disastrous and I must and do take responsibility for the verdict of the electorate.
“The party needs a new direction, new thinking and new leadership to win back the trust of the Scottish people.
“I am honoured to serve as Shetland’s MSP in this Parliament.”
Normally one could find little fault with such a decision after such a disastrous showing in the polls and that is why many are wondering why Clegg is still leading the Lib Dems after the drubbing handed to them across the UK.
But should Tavish have gone?
Arguably the Lib Dems performance had little to do with it’s campaign in Scotland (despite those misleading and now embarrassing “only the Lib Dems can win here” leafelts) and had little to do with the Lib Dems who had sat and represented their constituencies and regions in Holyrood. Tavish Scott did the best he could with the hand he was dealt and falling upon his own sword, whilst admirable, is I believe mistaking.
The person who should resign for this is clearly not Tavish Scott. Tavish has become in effect nothing more than a proxy for Nick Clegg.
In leading his party into a coalition with the Tories Clegg  effectively signed their death warrant in Scotland and in many parts of England and Wales.
Will Clegg now resign?
I suspect not.
The Lib Dem leadership will now have a shortlist of just four: Jamie Stone, John Farquar Munro, Liam McArthur and Willie Rennie. Of those I suspect some permutation of Stone and Farquar Munro in leader and deputy roles seems most likely.
There are huge issues for the Lib Dems to now confront.
  • How much of their core support still exists?
  • Can they rebuild and fight back in Scotland or are they doomed for a generation?
  • How much of their vote have they lost by no longer being a protest vote?
Tavish has left his party but whoever comes to lead it faces the challenge of ice skating uphill. I wish them luck. Leading the Lib Dems in Scotland has become a poisioned chalice less tempting than managing the Scottish football team.
I’m sorry to see you go Tavish – it wasn’t your fault.