March 2010

It was only au revoir…

March 31, 2010

I’m glad to say Rachida Dati is in the news again on the other side of the water. The Telegraph reports a claim that Nicolas Sarkozy suspects her of being the source of the recent rumours about his marriage; Le Monde merely says Sarkozy was miffed that she popped up after the recent regional elections […]

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Servier Laboratories v NICE

March 31, 2010

I’m a bit troubled by the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Servier Laboratories v NICE, in which the Court has granted Servier’s appeal, quashing the National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s decision not to recommend Servier’s drug Protelos (strontium ranelate) for use within the NHS for the prevention of fractures in patients with osteoporosis. […]

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It’s certainly not “time” for a written constitution

March 29, 2010

I’m grateful to Charon for drawing my attention to Richard Gordon QC’s article in the Times last week arguing that it’s “time” for a written constitution. I’m not as impressed as he was, though. I’m thoroughly and firmly against a written constitution for the UK. The current conventional vogue for one, together with Gordon Brown’s […]

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Defending the DNA database

March 26, 2010

I wrote at Comment is Free yesterday, defending the government’s proposals on retention of DNA profiles in the Crime and Security Bill, and generally arguing against the idea that profile retention is a major invasion of human rights: … much queasiness about storing DNA profiles is based on a vague perception that they contain something […]

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Jon Venables: my Index on Censorship piece

March 19, 2010

I may have been less visible than usual here recently, but that’s not been simple idleness – and I have been writing elsewhere, including this piece the other week on Index on Censorship about Jon Venables. I was a bit concerned that my first piece for them was about the case for restraints on free […]

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