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August 26, 2009


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Apropos of absolutely nothing that has been posted here.

Many think Gordon Brown needs a saviour for not only his career but the economy too.

Is it at all possible that 8 year old math whiz Xavier Gordon-Brown could be the one?


Paul Flynn

I believe it was Winston Churchill who apologise for making a long speech because he did not 'have the time to write a short one.'

Paul Flynn

Thanks Richard Jones. It is not unusual for sections of bills to pass without debate. I will have a look at the section you mention. I will add it to the evidence that we will consider on the committee after the recess


Extract from an Economist article which I thought was spot on ..

“Short words are best”, said Winston Churchill, “and old words when short are the best of all”

and as a conclusion ..

Make your point well with short words, and you will have no use for long ones.
Make it not so well, and you will be glad that you kept them crisp.
So, by God, will those who have to read you.

Richard Jones

Paul, if you have a moment, you might wish to look at Schedule A1 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 which was inserted into that Act by the Mental Health Act 2007. It comprises 185 paragraphs and is concerned with the very important issue of providing authority for depriving mentally incapacitated adults of their liberty. It is regarded by lawyers - I am one - as a hugely complex and badly drafted piece of legislation which must be incomprehensible to the vast majority of citizens. The reason I am posting this is to inform you that NOT ONE LINE of the Schedule was debated during the passage of the Mental Health Bill through Parliament.

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