Sunday, May 14, 2006

"Perfection, of a kind, was what he was after"

posted by k

It seems that Tony Blair wants the power to over-ride court judgements "in the interests of public safety".

This has been mentioned on the BBC and quoted in newspapers. All refer to a letter the Prime Minister wrote to John Reid, which has been obtained by The Observer. So far as I can see, The Observer doesn't quote the letter and it isn't yet on the web. (That may just be an internet hiccup.)

The court system doesn't offer perfect justice. Perfect justice isn't possible. Courts interpret and act on the laws passed by parliament, which have been examined by committees and approved by votes in parliament.

Bypassing and over-ruling courts also means bypassing parliament.

A government which bypasses parliament and has power to over-ride the courts is called a dictatorship.

A leader who claims he embodies the popular will and speaks for the people may be a liar - or he may be mad and dangerous.

Blair claims this special role. He is a danger to democracy and to this country. It is time for him to go.


3 Comments:

Blogger areopagitica said...

more from k

I think I should have added web references for Blair's proposals. These include:

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article452790.ece

and

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4769453.stm

The first blog to mention it was The Osterley Times at:

http://the-osterley-times.blogspot.com/

8:31 am  
Blogger Gavin Whenman said...

"Blair claims this special role. He is a danger to democracy and to this country. It is time for him to go."

You've only just realised? :-P

8:32 pm  
Blogger areopagitica said...

OK - I knew before - I was being rhetorical. But the danger increases practically by the minute (and I'm not convinced Brown would be any better).

9:54 am  

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