True to the traditions of David Letterman's Late Show, which among other things revealed the UK's Prime Minister is so thick he did not know what the term Magna Carta translates to in English (just proves all that Eton tosh fails when its critical) here is Scottish Law Reporter's TOP TEN reasons why the controversial Scottish Legal Aid Budget is so high, currently standing at £160 MILLION a year.
Mr MacAskill and SNP MSPS are now backing huge cuts to legal aid. reported yesterday HERE and propose to force anyone charged with a criminal offence, guilty or not, to pay the Crown Office for the privilege of it! .. queue threats of some much needed industrial action in Scotland’s legal community ! (Tally-Ho, chaps – Ed)
TOP TEN REASONS YOUR SCOTTISH LEGAL AID BUDGET IS SO HIGH ! :
No. 10 The Scottish Legal Aid Board cant count !
No. 9 Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill can't count ! (This is numbers, not bottles, the audience cried out !)
No.8 Sole practising solicitor Niels Lockhart from Kilmarnock walked away with £700K of legal aid in three years while SLAB sat on it's fat a$$ and looked on, did nothing !
No.7 The Crown Office likes to charge as many people as they can with crimes they did not commit (to keep the prosecution statistics up, and justify their high salaries, bonuses)then drop the case at the final moment before someone catches on !
No.6 The cost of having Police fit up suspects and manufacture evidence to suit the crime has gone up more than the rate of inflation !
No.5 The Law Society of Scotland spends too much time on regulation when it should have been looking after the interests of its members and the justice system !
No.4 Fat cat judges & sheriffs on £200K a year, three houses, a farm and a poodle dressed in leather shorts need to justify their appearance fees in court !
No.3 The current Justice Secretary has been 5 years too long in the job !
No.2 The Scottish Legal Aid Board big wigs are too busy flying around the world on international airlines to learn how cheaply others do their legal aid budget !
and the No. 1 reason YOUR Scottish Legal Aid Budget is so high, is … : In the eyes of Scottish law, everyone is guilty until proven innocent !