“…one of the best bloggers in Britain” — Nick Cohen
“…masterly analysis…” – Leveson Report
Welcome to the Jack of Kent blog.
Jack of Kent is the name of the blog, not of its author.
Jack of Kent was a character in medieval English midlands’ and Welsh folklore, associated with stories of getting the better of the Devil by concentrating on what was actually said (see this Wikipedia page).
At the time I started blogging, it seemed a good name for a critical blog.
I blog mainly about law and policy, from a liberal and critical perspective. Highlights of my previous blogging include:
– the Simon Singh libel case and helping the campaign for what became the Defamation Act 2013;
– the “TwitterJokeTrial” case;
– uncovering the hack of the Nightjack account by a reporter at the Times newspaper;
– revealing the existence of a Memorandum of Understanding between the UK Home Office and the Saudi interior ministry; and
– exposing the activities of the UK’s Ministry of Justice’s “Just Solutions International” and its bid to assist the Saudi prison service.
I am now blogging a lot about Brexit.
I won a national award in 2013 for “mainstream media blogger”. I have also been longlisted and shortlisted for the George Orwell prize for political writing in the blogging category. In 2016 I was shortlisted for being “digital journalist of the year“.