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Friday, March 06, 2009

The Court of Public Opinion

Lynch Mob
Harriet Harman (mooted by some delusional idiots as being a possible "leader") exposed her ignorance and disdain for the rule of law the other day.

Harman played up to ZaNuLabour's hatred of Sir Fred "The Shred", and its desire to divert public attention away from Brown's failings wrt regulation, by stating the the "court of public opinion" outweighed the rule of law.

Aside from the very obvious stupidity and ignorance of Harman, wrt how the law works in a civilised democracy, her comments should send a chill down the spine of anyone who believes in democracy.

By stating that public opinion outweighs the law, she is encouraging a lynch mob mentality in order to satisfy her own short term political ends and in order to conduct a vendetta against a particlualr individual that ZaNuLabour have taken a dislike to.

Be warned, when the state whips up lynch mobs and questions the rule of law, dictatorship is sure to follow.

ZaNuLabour have shown themselves, thanks to Harman's ignorant outburst, in their true colours. The time has come to put them out of our misery once and for all.

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  1. Anonymous12:06 PM

    Something for the weekend:

  2. Anonymous12:27 PM

    I was appalled by the utter contempt shown by Ms Harperson for the rule of law; Her contempt was amplified by the fact she is a qualified solicitor and thus, was an officer of the court.
    People are supposed to be protected from retrospective legislation which, if Ms Harperson's suggestion was carried out, this would have been. I would also moot that, if the state introduced special legislation to "get" one person they had a vendetta against, this would amount to bullying or an abuse of process.
    It also would suggest that this government has little respect for one of the pillars of our constitution namely the rule of law and perhaps, the separation of powers.
    It would also set a worrying presedent that legally binding contracts could be nullified later if a third party didn't like it. That would create uncertainty and would grind industry to a halt...I would also suggest that we could all have our private pensions taken away by Nanny, not that Mr Brown has left us much following his grab.

    I would also question whether Ms Harperson would have been so vindictive had the banker been Freda Goodwin.

    I think you are spot on Ken when you suggest that the whole thing is a smoke screen to distract people's attention away from the big issues namely, the economic cock-up this government has overseen and the sell off of our Post Office.

  3. Anonymous3:46 PM

    If the Court of Public Opinion had any clout most of the present government would be hanging upside-down from lanp-post by now!

  4. She is in fact HarMAN - her father was a High Court judge and her uncle was the sainted (?) Lord Longford. So she ought to be somewhat more familiar with our constitution than she appears to be.

    Some 30 years ago I knew her when she was Legal Officer of the National Council for Civil Liberties (now 'Liberty') and I was a member of its executive committee. The General Secretary was Patricia Hewitt, and they made a fine pair - we called it "the Hattie and Pattie Show".

    The piquancy of her "court of public opinion" remarks on Andrew Marr's programme was compounded by her gaffe when answering PM's questions on Wednesday, when she asserted that Sir Fred Goodwin got his knighthood for services to charity - he was chairman of the Prince's Trust, from which he has just resigned - and NOT for services to banking. Within hours she had to issue an apology and correction, the facts being that he was knighted for services to banking on the personal recommendation of Gordon Brown!

    'Nuff said.

  5. Anonymous7:38 PM


    I alm well aware of the correct spelling of her name, I used the suffix person as she is a known man hater:-))

  6. Anonymous7:39 PM


    Sorry, I'm also well aware of the correct spelling of am:-))

  7. Tonk - my comment re spelling was addressed to Ken, not you. He called her "Harmon" - doubtless an inadvertent slip.

    I have many worse names for her.....

  8. Anonymous2:31 AM


    The way Brown and cronies are using the bankers as shields is certainly disgusting form a moral perspective but no more than one might expect of them.

    As for the Post Office sell off - yep they would not want the public to be thinking too hard about that one either.

    EUReferendum has an interesting insight into that one today (or rather yesterday now. 6th March 2009. (or was it the 5th? I'm losing track of days this week battling a failed Gas boiler and, as of this evening, 24 hours after it was 'repaired', a further failure just in time for the weekend. This one looks worse than the first one which was a trivial thing fixed at huge cost. I fear that some 'opportunity maintenance' involving replacing a seal that may or may not have been a future fault risk has now resulted in a total failure with damage. Not unlike present UK politics then really.)


  9. Aside from the very obvious stupidity and ignorance of Harmon, wrt how the law works in a civilised democracy, her comments should send a chill down the spine of anyone who believes in democracy.

    Actually, the actions and statements attributed to Harmon here represent the purest form of "democracy." "Democracy", or "government by the people" is by definition the very antithesis of the rule of law. In a pure democracy, what the majority (i.e., the mob) says, goes. Under a government of law, be it a republic or a constitutional monarchy, the law is, at least theoretically (history shows us how well it has actually worked in practice) the foundational legitimacy of the State, the sole purpose of which is to uphold the law as a guarantee of the individual citizen's rights to life and property and to serve as a check against the majority's ability to usurp power at the expense of the individual citizen.

    For this reason I'm always wary of the term "democracy" and the tendency to conflate it with "rule of law." They're really two diametrically opposite things.

  10. Anonymous9:40 AM

    ...and to think that there are some cynical souls who suggest that the predicted 'summer of rage' could be engineered by shadowy powers in order for the Civil Contingencies Act to be invoked to circumvent a GE...


  11. Thanks for pointing out I got Harman's name wrong!

    Now corrected.

    Clearly not enough vodka was consumed when I wrote the piece!

  12. Anonymous10:05 AM


  13. Anonymous9:43 AM

    I am de judge of de public court of opinion in de banana republic of de great britain.

    De court finds that Hariet Harmoron and Gordon McBrown are guilty on all counts.

    Take dem away and shoot em.

    Court will rise for de judge.