Not Saussure

October 17, 2006

Dealing with the threat to democracy

Filed under: civil liberties, Politics — notsaussure @ 12:44 pm

Denis MacShane MP in today’s Telegraph:

Islamist politics is now one of the most important issues for the future of democracy. Getting the right answers will define the world’s future.

Even worse than the ‘Abolition of Parliament Bill‘, as the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill is commonly known? 

 Crikey!  Must be serious.  

Reassuring to know that HMG will, according to six Professors of Law at Cambridge, soon have given itself the powers, should they feel it necessary in order adequately to deal with this threat, by delegated legislation (i.e. by what used to be called in Russia, ukase) to

  • create a new offence of incitement to religious hatred, punishable with two years’ imprisonment;
  • curtail or abolish jury trial;
  • permit the Home Secretary to place citizens under house arrest;
  • allow the Prime Minister to sack judges;
  • rewrite the law on nationality and immigration;
  • “reform” Magna Carta (or what remains of it).

and all by delegated legislation so they don’t need to bother Parliament with such matters.  

The bill returns to Parliament this autumn.   You can follow its progress at The Save Parliament Blog.   But don’t forget what the real threat is, will you?


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3 Comments »

  1. Would you please provide a link to my recent blogpost on your blog please. Thankyou. Important news from those who trust the bloggosphere.

    Comment by fjl — October 17, 2006 @ 4:22 pm

  2. Sorry, fjl, but no. I’ve just had a look at the post in your blog to which you refer me. It makes what appear to be potentially libellous and certainly damaging allegations about named individuals. Since I have no way of knowing the truth or otherwise of your allegations, I do not wish to associate myself with them by providing a link.

    Comment by notsaussure — October 17, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

  3. Write to your MP protesting about this iniquitous Bill and to David Davis who is taking a serious interest in it as is Deputy Speaker Alan Haselhurst.

    Comment by Prodicus — October 18, 2006 @ 10:25 am


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