[BLML] And I expect you'll all agree (was Delayed...) [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

Richard HILLS richard.hills at immi.gov.au
Tue Nov 12 23:02:42 CET 2013


W.S. Gilbert, The Mikado (1885):

To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
In a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock,
Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock,
From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!

Nigel Guthrie:

>The intentions of the law may be crystal-clear to law-makers. The actual
>English meaning of the law may seem glaringly obvious to senior directors.
>The unfortunate fact remains that the law is so sophisticated, that the
>meaning is ambiguous to many ordinary directors

Richard Hills:

The very senior and extraordinary Director Sean Mullamphy, Chief Director
of Australia, believes that Law 69A is written in poor English - Sean dislikes
lengthy sentences with many subordinate clauses and commas, preferring a
series of short, sharp shocks with succinct sentences.

Note that my preceding paragraph was a lengthy sentence, with many
subordinate clauses and commas. :) :)

Nigel Guthrie:

>Unfortunately it appears that only a tiny minority of rule-makers and
>directors believe that rules should be made simple enough for most players
>and directors to understand them.

Richard Hills:

Fortunately that tiny minority includes the WBF Laws Committee, and the
WBF LC is an ++authoritative++ tiny minority.

The 2017 Laws of Bridge - An Open Invitation
Grattan Endicott, on behalf of the WBF Laws Committee

>>I intend to divide suggestions received into two categories:
>>a) those which propose a change in the effect of the law; and
>>b) those which retain the current effect of the law but target an
>>improvement in the wording and/or layout of a Law.
>>The broad inclination of the committee as it commences the task is to
>>institute very few category (a) changes but to concentrate mainly on
>>proposals in category (b).

Richard Hills:

The Revoke Laws draw a distinction between a non-established revoke and a
later established revoke.

My modest proposal for the 2017 Claim Laws is that they should draw a
distinction between a non-established agreement of tricks (Law 79A1) and a
later established agreement of tricks (Law 69A).

Kind regards,

Richard "category (c)" Hills


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