A good rule in life is never get into a dispute with the master of the rolls on the subject of Magna Carta (did she die in vain?). The topic provided some light relief in the Court of Appeal’s ruling last week on the eviction of the Occupy camp at St Paul’s Churchyard. One of the appellants, Paul Randle-Jolliffe, had challenged the High Court’s eviction ruling on the ground that, as a ‘Magna Carta heir’, it did not apply to him. The master of the rolls gave these ‘rather esoteric arguments’ short shrift. While chapter 29 of the Magna Carta (the 1297 version) ‘is seen by many as the historical foundation for the rule of law in England… it has no bearing on the arguments in this case’. It gets worse. The appellant also cited chapters 1 and 9 of the document, which assert the rights and liberties of the English church and the City of London – the very two institutions supporting the eviction. As the judgment dryly observes, the two clauses ‘cannot help the defendants’.
Everdeen Scarlett, head coach of KSAFA Under-15 champions Cavalier, has said that their performance in this year’s competition will serve as a measuring stick ahead of their participation in international competition in Mexico in January. Cavalier retained their title on Thursday after a 4-1 penalty, shootout victory over Santos at the UWI Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence. This came after both the played out a 0-0 draw at full and extra time.Scarlett said that hard work and dedication were the key factors that contributed to his team’s victory. “I am extremely happy, but more so for the boys because they are a good bunch of boys,” said Scarlett. “They are a very confident group, and they are now looking forward to next season because most of them can play again.“They are also looking forward to a tournament in Mexico in January, and so this win is a major boost going into that tournament for us,” he added.Reflecting on his team’s performance against Santos, Scarlett said: “It was a pretty tough game because Santos put up a strong fight, but when it came down to penalties, we just held our nerves and won the game.” HARBOUR VIEW’S PERFORMANCE Meanwhile, Harbour View secured their fourth straight hold on the Under-13 title after defeating Santos 1-0. Denzil McKenzie netted the all-important goal for Harbour View in the 61st minute. Sydney McFarlane, coach of Harbour View, said that he was delighted with his team’s achievements. “It is a good feeling for me, but the boys are enjoying it more than me,” said McFarlene. “This is a significant achievement for the club because this is our fourth straight KSAFA Under-13 title, and so this is a big accomplishment for us.“At the beginning, we said we wanted to win the tournament every time we played, and in the end, that is what happened, and so this is great for us,” McFarlane noted.