Musings and Snippets from a recently retired JP. I served for 31 years, mostly in west London. I was Chairman of my Bench for some years, and a member of the National Bench Chairmen's Forum All cases are based on real ones, but anonymised and composited. All opinions are those of one or more individuals. JPs swear to enforce the law of the land, whether or not they approve of it. Nothing on here constitutes legal advice.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Mad About Raving
The rave phenomenon that so exercised Mrs. Thatcher's government appears to be undergoing a revival. This time round, thanks to Tony Blair's flurry of public-order legislation on top of a few bits of left-over Thatcher law the police have extensive power to break up gatherings of young revellers.
I can never read about raves being broken up without thinking of H.L.Mencken's remark about puritanism:
The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.