“The exigencies of a busy list court” – the cause of any and all shortcomings in the decision under appeal.
“This case falls to be considered on first principles” – the state of the case law is a mess and my clerk is away.
“A further discount in sentence for rehabilitative prospects is warranted” – I am fudging this to get to the end point I want.
“The experienced District Court judge” – the judge with whose decision I agree.
“With respect” – with no respect.
“The circumstances of this case are clearly distinguishable” – they’re not, but I disagree with the Court of Appeal.
“I remind myself that…” – you can appeal, just not on this point.