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The Staple Inn Reading

The latest issue of the BAJ includes a transcript of the 2004 Staple Inn Reading, which was given on the subject of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Reader, a Mr Jonathan Caplan QC (never heard of him), starts by making a few sneering remarks about Norman Tebbit and the Daily Mail. He then proceeds to discuss the drug habits of Naomi Campbell before reaching the climax of his speech in which he states that prior to October 2000 many would have believed ‘The European Court was there to be summoned up by a motley crew of terrorists, murderers and ne’er-do-wells.’ ‘I think today, though, that you would find far fewer people of that persuasion.’

I understand that the Staple Inn Reading has been suspended from the actuarial calendar. I don’t think I will miss it.