I have no idea know how often I have listened to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, hundreds of times I guess. But it was only today that I accidentally heard the song on the radio and spotted that Billy referred to “vaccine” between “Eisenhower” and “England’s got a new Queen”. At first I thought this was Covid-induced paranoia, but it wasn’t:
It is a reference to Jonas Salk testing his vaccine for polio. As we all know, the vaccine went on to eradicate polio. So on that positive note, I wish all of you a Happy New Year!
Photo:Vicuna R from Germany, Sunset on a cold winter day in Frankfurt (39430220984), CC BY-SA 2.0
While the Brexit Deal continues to make headlines, the EU and the UK carry on with the implementation of the institutional Brexit arrangements. The Withdrawal Agreement provides for an EU-UK Arbitration panel to decide disputes between the parties. Yesterday, the Council Decision appointing the members of the panel was published. The title of the document is quite a mouthful, but then it tells you all there is to know about the document, the remainder really is just a list of names: Continue reading
During the course of the morning, leaked versions of the draft Brexit treaty and accompanying documents started to appear on legal @twitter, only to be followed by the official publications by both the UK government and the EU Commission. I have now had an initial look at what the documents say regarding judicial cooperation in civil matters. Spoiler alert: Radio silence on this topic. Continue reading
Sounds great. In theory. In practice, statutory legal fees for lawyers have not been raised since 2013. So there was a bit of catching up against inflation to be done – a technicality not likely to be picked up by the popular press. Continue reading