Golden oldies

I’m delighted to see that P J Proby has been acquitted of social security fraud. I’m reminded irresistibly of a series of decisions in the 70s and 80s about the replacement of trousers, especially focusing on what was “normal wear and tear.” Examples include a parliamentary debate or the Commissioners’ decision in R(SB) 33/85, when the hapless claimant needing new trousers complained “I felt as if I was on trial for some criminal offence”.

The seam connecting these points will probably only be visible to those over 50. There’s a place for us.

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