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Damian Green and The Rule Of Law

by | 1st, December 2008

EU Ref looks at the Damian Green fiasco:

Two MPs who between them have significantly contributed to undermining democracy and the role of parliament are now amongst those most voluble in defending parliamentary privilege and both are given space in The Daily Telegraph .

The first pile of cant we have already looked at that was Nick Clegg who gravely opines that “the sight of police rifling through boxes of Mr Green’s correspondence, through disc after disc of computerised information, will erode public confidence in the role MPs play in their communities. All at a time when confidence in politicians is already at an all-time low.”

Then we have democrat extraordinaire Denis Macshane , former Europe minister, who tells us that, “We defend our privileges not to be self-important or to defame our foes, but as a vital democratic defence of the rights of a free people in a country that lives under rule of law, not under decisions of the police.”

With Mr Macshane’s connivance, of course, we are no longer “a free people in a country that lives under the rule of law”, but citizens of the European Union, subject to its arbitrary law which is beyond the reach of either the UK parliament or democracy. As for Mr Clegg’s concern that, “confidence in politicians is already at an all-time low,” he might better expend his energies on working out why that might be.

Then there is the “rule of law” that Mr Macshane prattles on about. Here, he might like to set himself a test by asking the following: if the police have reasonable suspicion that a person has committed an offence; if they then arrest him in accordance with legal procedures; if they question him within the framework of the procedures set down and agreed by parliament, and within the time-span allowed; if they then release him on bail,

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