A Different Country…

April 19, 2007


So having posted about Sir Henry Leach and his comment about living in a different country whose words count for little HERE , I have been thinking about what the legacy of the last 10 years of government will be. I believe the crowning glory of the Blair years will have been to reduce the constitutional governance of this country to that of a banana republic. We are in danger of living in a country where the elections are gerrymandered skewed because of population differences between constituencies so that a government could conceivably win a significant majority in the house of commons with around 1/3 of the national vote and 6% fewer votes than the winner 2nd placed party. This government can appoint the 2nd chamber of parliament and the judiciary, giving it effectively untrammeled power over us. It has abolished the key judicial safeguards of double jeopardy and trial by jury, and would like to remove the 800 year old principle of habeas corpus. We have all seen where this can lead. This is what Churchill had to say about habeas corpus:

“here is a law which is above the King and which even he must not break. This reaffirmation of a supreme law and its expression in a general charter is the great work of Magna Carta; and this alone justifies the respect in which men have held it.

Tony Blair does not like the idea of a law which is above him.

This would have been unthinkable 10 years ago, and yet it has happened with hardly a voice raised against it.

What do you think Blair’s Legacy will be?



  1. As you describe it.

  2. Not listening, doing things his way…

  3. […] the constitutional vandalism inflicted on us: The Prime minister, not content with giving himself effective personal control over the executive and legislature as well as a strong hand in appointing the judiciary has also […]

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