The opening paragraph in the briefing has a lot in common with an earlier blog post, including a reference to the Manic Street Preachers. Thanks to the editor of the Journal for allowing me the freedom of artistic expression, or should I say freedom of speech, to deploy that musical mention. Believe it or not, this is the second time I have managed to shoehorn my taste in music into the hallowed pages of the Journal: see page 9 of the Journal of June 2010, when Malcolm Combe (then of Edinburgh) felt the urge to correct an erroneous credit of “Let’s Impeach the President” to Crosby, Stills and Nash.
As for the opening line in the briefing, I am 99% sure my inspiration for that was a chat with regular community empowerment correspondent Dr Peter Matthews. I did not credit him in the briefing, so allow me to rectify that here. His up to date thoughts on the new legislation can be found here.