The careful listener will have noticed something rather peculiar in last night’s episod*. Brian, having identified a reassuringly expensive rehab outfit, told JD the next step would be to get Alice to sign ‘an authority for us to act on her behalf’. What would that be, I wondered. What legal standing have it? Where were the independent witnesses to Alice’s signature about to pop up from? What the hell are St Keri of Davies and the prod team drinking? Because something like that wouldn’t be open to abuse at all, would it?
*not a typo
But it turns out I needn’t have worried. Quoted elsewhere, from Twitter:
The form presumably just authorises clinics to discuss Alice’s situation with Brian and Jenny. It won’t allow them to sign her up to treatment or anything like that. #TheArchers
Just so. It’s certainly not an LPA or anything like that"
Then, o long-standing and well respected SW, why in the name of the wee man were the words that were broadcast, and voiced by Brian, who may know frod-all about rehab but who knows quite a bit about law, ‘an authority for us to act on her behalf’?