OccupyTheInns cautions against a "knee-jerk" reaction to a study that found ethnic minority students are at a disadvantage in the pupillage application process.
As somebody who abhors discrimination in all its forms, I was extremely disappointed to read of the recent Bar Standards Board (BSB) study that suggests there is prejudice against students from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds in the pupillage application process. By all accounts great strides have been made at the Bar to rid it of the scourge of discrimination. Clearly there is more work to be done.
Before I proceed, I must say that I have never witnessed prejudice on racial grounds at the Bar. Indeed, my experience is that chambers are sometimes more disposed to the charms of a strong applicant with an exotic surname than a good old John Smith. However, I am not BME myself, and I am aware that racism works in subtle ways.
Consequently, the question turns to what we must do to fight discrimination. Complicated questions require complex answers. It is my submission that in this case we must refrain from the knee-jerk reaction of simply rushing more BME candidates into pupillage. This could cause a considerable culture clash for which I do not believe chambers would be ready.
Having initially denied sending the tweets, claiming that his account had been hacked, Cryer (pictured) changed his plea and admitted his guilt at a hearing earlier this month.
Sentencing him this morning to what amounts to 240 hours of unpaid work, plus £150 in costs, District Judge Stephen Earl said: "The issue here is the racial element of the tweets. Without that, they would simply be tweets...
A Manchester judge felt moved to criticise the recent behaviour of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez when sentencing a man who assaulted his partner last week.
Graham Trelfa threw a TV remote in his partner’s eye, and then hurled her to the floor, after seeing Suarez refuse a handshake from Manchester United's Patrice Evra.
Stating that a TV spat between footballers "can affect the behaviour of many", Judge Jonathan Taaffe told Trelfa:
“The actions of Mr Suarez were at best ill-considered and at worst the actions of a petulant individual who behaved like a spoilt child and brought contempt on both his club and the many professional footballers who conduct themselves properly week-in, week-out."