Norman Scarth was a remarkable horse whisperer and has recently celebrated his 90th birthday in Ireland. He fled his native country to be safe from another period in prison or mental hospital, where his enemies would like to see him – for no good reason at all – except negative attitudes such as abuse of power and position – “because they can.”
In this online petition directed at the Prime Minister, Alan Dransfield is asking for a Public Inquiry into the Information Commissioner’s Office [ICO], West Yorkshire Police [WYP] and the Crown Prosecution Service [CPS] regarding Norman’s appalling treatment.
Norman’s experiences are in one life what I’ve observed in soo many victims who had to act as Litigant in Person [LiP] because the legal profession was not supportive. As a result, they became starfighters, campaigners, McKenzie Friends, McKenzie Angels, activists and Public Interest Advocates. Hence these responses to the Judiciary’s Consultation about reforming the courts’ approach to McKenzie Friends.
- The biggest betrayal is surely to be let down by your employer after having fought a war – but Norman is far from being alone;
- Police staff are exploited similarly, I hear – yet only a few dare to come out or leave;
- the abuse of psychiatry in the UK legal system has just been presented at a conference by poisoned pilot Len Lawrence from personal experience;
- it takes one to know one: Norman’s McKenzie Friend Alan Dransfield has been challenging the Information Commissioner’s Office over and over again, as documented on his blog and discussed on this post; he defends the Freedom of Information Act as our critical tool as legal remedies against national authorities have been removed from the Human Rights Act [Article 13];
- but it takes a lot of personal experience to believe what is “too bad to be true”: deep corruption of professional oaths, spiritual values, morals or ethics.
Is the decency of humanity at stake? In the UK more than elsewhere?
I’ve been treated as a ‘criminal suspect’, for exactly the reason we’ve been campaigning for: imprisonment by a secret family court. Hence I know about collusion between CPS and Police for cover-ups and stitch-ups, whilst advocating Open Justice online: websites and petitions as voices for the voiceless.
Alan Dransfield knows about the Information Commissioner’s Office from personal experience.
It appears that social media and online petitions are our biggest opportunity to change an archaic system of control by intimidation and compliance – not to Human Rights though… Will you be an armchair activist and click to sign the Save Norman Scarth petition?