Thursday, 27 March 2014

Revising for Law Exams?

Washminster is written by an Associate Lecturer on the Open University's W200 and W201 Law courses. These cover what more traditional universities may describe as

  • English Legal System
  • EU Law
  • Constitutional & Administrative Law
  • Criminal Law
As a result there are a number of posts designed to assist with exam revision in these subjects (and revision techniques generally). Most of these were published in the August/September of each year (immediately preceding the OU exams).

If you are facing exams (Law Degree; Law A-Levels), do feel free either to use the search engine to the right of this post - or browse through the posts in date order (year & month).

Monday, 17 March 2014

Thank you

I will no longer be maintaining the Washminster blog. I've enjoyed posting about so many subjects since this blog was started in March 2007.

This resource will remain, I hope, available for the foreseeable future - so whether you are a law student wanting material on UK Constitutional Law; English Legal System; EU Law - or a student wanting general materials on study and revision - do use the search engine on this page,

So much has been put into this blog - that there is something to cover most interests. The blog can be searched by date or by keyword in the search box,

Many thanks to everyone who has inspired or helped with posts - but especially, I want to thank you for reading Washminster

With every best wish


Friday, 14 March 2014

The First of the Nixon Tapes

When the taping system was installed, Alexander Butterfield explained to the present how the system worked. The transcript is available here.

The audio can be listened to here.

This conversation took place sometime between 7:56 am and 8:58 am on Tuesday 16th February 1971.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Coverage of the Watergate Hearings

PBS broadcast this programme about TV coverage of the Watergate Hearings.


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Watergate Tapes

I was in Oxford today for a conference on Watergate: 40 years on. I presented a paper about the Watergate Effect on the November 1974 elections entitled, "Who's the Daddy: The Influence of the Watergate Scandal in the Election of the "Watergate Babies".

But the conference's highpoint was a spell-binding hour and a half during which Alexander Butterfield, Deputy Assistant to President Nixon; and John R Price, Special Assistant to President Nixon for Urban Affairs - shared their memories; observations and thoughts about Richard Nixon. I can't express how incredibly fascinating their talks were - and will return to some of them in later posts.

The video below shows Butterfield before the Senate Watergate Committee - and captures the moment when the investigation takes a completely new turn - and the rest, as they say is history...