He gets my fucking vote
One delightful point about MPs expenses - Mandelsnake has been asked to pay back gardening expenses. Not a lot - think it might be £800 but you can just imagine his chagrin at discovering that the rules apply to him too - however high & mighty he might think he is.
We do not have liberty here. The old Colonials (British) had the right idea and my goodness I wish they were standing up for us now.
" Let it be knowen that British Liberties are not the grants of Princes or Parliaments..."Tell that to our entire parliamentary class as well as the extra-parliamentary types like Mandelson.
I did today- extract from my letter to BIS solicitors todayAs to the Secretary of State, he is a professional unelected politician with precious little business experience. I am certainly not prepared to recognize that he has anything to teach me about business probity, mortgage applications or passport applications. I also saw his performance regarding the Directors of MG Rover, when despite having committed no civil and criminal act, and the SFO refused to investigate, he was still insisting on a voluntary undertaking ‘for life’.When a Member of Parliament and former Home Secretary carries out deliberate fraud of £116 000, that the only sanction is an apology to Parliament, and the Secretary of State justifies this in public, please do not ask me to accept that his opinion has much validity. We are all equal before the Law, or in some cases obviously not.
Are you advocating a federal republic OH?Read on..."As recently as 2003 the law lords upheld an attempt by UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith to halt the Guardian's attempt to declare section 3 of the Treason Felony Act 1848 incompatible with the Human Rights Act 1998 on the grounds that the older enactment was an obstacle to freedom of speech.The 1848 Act makes it a criminal offence, punishable by life imprisonment, to advocate abolition of the monarchy in print, even by peaceful means. At the time of passage it featured provisions that If any person whatsoever shall, within the United Kingdom or without, compass, imagine, invent, devise, or intend to deprive or depose our Most Gracious Lady the Queen, ... from the style, honour, or royal name of the imperial crown of the United Kingdom, or of any other of her Majesty's dominions and countries, or to levy war against her Majesty ... within any part of the United Kingdom, in order by force or constraint to compel her to change her ... measures or counsels, or in order to put any force or constraint upon or in order to intimidate or overawe both Houses or either House of Parliament, or to move or stir any foreigner or stranger with force to invade the United Kingdom or any other of her Majesty's dominions or countries under the obeisance of her Majesty ... and such compassings, imaginations, inventions, devices, or intentions, or any of them, shall express, utter, or declare, by publishing any printing or writing ... or by any overt act or deed, every person so offending shall be guilty of felony, and being convicted thereof shall be liable to be transported beyond the seas for the term of his or her natural life."Fancy a holiday OH?!
...well, you might not get one:"The Treason Felony Act 1848 made it a serious offence, punishable by transportation, to call in print or writing for the establishment of a republic, even by peaceful means. As of 2004 it remained in force (athough last used in 1883), with life imprisonment as the maximum penalty."Still, I'd like to them try it... you really might see the film "V" made flesh.
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