I just realised I have not posted here for a while.  So here goes…

…since I last blogged here I have moved from the New Statesman to the Financial Times.  

I think this is a good move.

I loved working for the New Statesman - it was the magazine I used to read in the sixth-form college library which made me feel very grown-up.

And with the support of Jon Bernstein (the then deputy editor) I was able to do some fairly adventurous and consequential blogging – from Nightjack to Julian Assange’s extradition mythology.

Believe it or not I even won an award as a “mainstream blogger of the year”.  (I think it was the first thing I have “won” in my life!)

But my time at the New Statesman came to a natural end, and I also wanted to do lengthier pieces – essays, in a way – to be published as-and-when I got round to finishing them.

(I also am making actual progress with an e-book about a famous historical legal case. )

My blogging from 2009 to 2012/3 was at the time great fun to do – BCA v Singh, Twitterjoketrial, David Rose, Nightjack, Assange, and so on – but what I may do next will be a little different and less “investigative” or “campaigning” and more analytic and explanatory.

And so the FT is a good place for me.  I enjoy analysing and explaining, and I think I am often good at at it (though not as good as I would like to be).

There are plenty of others who want to debunk and campaign, and I am happy to leave them to it.

After a bit of a gap caused by a bout of bad health which prevented me from blogging for while, I today posted a detailed account of the recent prosecution of some men arrested for taking discarded food from a skip.  Please have a look – I hope you find it interesting.

Planned posts include scrutiny of the government’s  ‘good law’ initiative, a look at the state of the probation service, what the ‘Naked Rambler’ case tells us about the limits of the legal process, as well as a series of posts on public procurement and government contracts.  I will also keep on with the occasional analyses of cases in the news.

The FT blogs are free to access: but they are behind a registration wall.

That is a pity in that those who don’t want to register (or are not able to click through easily at the time they see the link) will not get to see the post.

All I can say in consolation is that it is worth registering as there is a lot of first-rate stuff to read at the FT.  But I am sorry if my main posts being behind a registration wall annoys or disappoints you.

Anyway, thanks for keeping an interest.

3 Responses to Back here – and the FT gig

  • Neil Young says:

    Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell, hope you’re recovered now.

    FT registration mainly just makes it easier to read the articles in pc – the login is cached, so it’s hastle free. Login prompt doesn’t work overly well on mobile.

    Interesting article on skipping case – as with the twitter joke trial, feels like arrest was made on grounds that turned out to not stand up, so charge brought under something obscure instead.

  • Hugh Shanahan says:

    Hope you’re feeling better – I missed your blog.

  • Quirk says:

    “A lot of first-rate stuff to read at the FT” is a rather classic case of understatement. Few other news sources come close to the FT when it comes to intelligent, nuanced consideration of the world as it is and will be. I am glad you have found a place there, and look forward to reading your future output.

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