The BSB does not believe in the presumption of innocence nor in the right to silence.
In the saga which is known as “Peter Sefton Q.C. and Carmen Mazo” they have denied both rights to me.
I’m sure it’s not because I’m a Paddy. I think.
Firstly, they produce an inaccurate article from the Daily Telegraph and ask me to explain myself.
Secondly, they tell me that if I don’t explain myself , it will be a further instance of professional misconduct.
So, while our clients charged with , say, fraud, can say “prove your case” and when allegations are put by police in interview can say nothing , no such benefit is offered to members of the English Bar.
If the BSB had made the most cursory enquiry it would have found the answer to their question. Even the Irish News, minus Allison Morris, could solve the puzzle. How difficult could it be?
For my part, threatened with a further charge of professional misconduct, I resorted to that hero of our times, Bart Simpson.
“It wasn’t me, I didn’t do it.”
Let’s see what Chief Wiggum of the BSB has to say.