posted on Jan, 17 2012 @ 09:26 AM
reply to post by YeshuaPiso
Too many of our political representatives (in both Scotland and Westminster) are qualified solicitors. (that fact alone skews the role of government
in the UK on the whole). The political forum suits solicitors, the format and tactics employed being much the same used by any courtroom. These lawyer
politicians’ first allegiance is to their profession not their constituents and it matters not which political party they choose to align themselves
The legal system in Scotland has retained its autonomy throughout the entire term of the Union...and it is a messy embarrassment.
With the SNP in charge we got the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission set up in 2007 to deal with complaints against solicitors. (The Law Society's
bias toward solicitors being problematically overt) Despite receiving literally thousands of complaints each year only ONE solicitor in that time has
faced criminal prosecution...and I recollect only one solicitor has appeared before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (which has the power to
remove the solicitors practicing certificate).
All of this under the watchful eye of MacAskill – (SNP) Justice Secretary – himself a solicitor. The current state of play is that we have a
lawyer, governing the lawyers, disciplining the lawyers. ...who are criminally shafting their clients....and getting away with it....Scot free!
‘Scotland has one of the best justice systems in the world.’ – We know that because it keeps telling us so.
The SNP have time before their referendum to demonstrate to me (not persuade me) that things really will be better in Scotland.
They could start by sweeping away the little political dynasties extant in our local councils. It could punish nepotism rather than tolerate. It
could change the holders of some key positions all over country who have held those positions for DECADES only because they do their masters'
bidding. They could end the self governance of solicitors. They could end the master insurance policy that puts ALL Scottish solicitors in the
pocket of the Insurers etc., etc., etc.
All this could easily be achieved prior to 2014. With the old boys (and girls) out of the way - maybe we'd stand a chance of having a decent country.