3/05/2013

Tories take another swing at justice

It's another sad state of affairs from the Tory government and their Lib Dem poodles. The Tories have decided to abolish the right to a fair trial and the right to confront ones accusers by authorising the use of secret courts.


In a damming indictment from the "freedom" party they have decided that instead of admitting their acquiescence and collusion in the torture and criminal acts they would instead rewrite the rule book and institute secret proceedings in criminal cases.

This whole idea started with cases like Binyam Mohamed, the British resident who British judges ruled ended up being tortured in a Moroccan jail with the connivance of British intelligence, and then a string of others whom British ministers preferred to pay off and shut up before the facts could emerge.

As a result of these cases they went to the British Supreme Court and asked the judges to hear the arguments in secret. This was roundly rejected by the Judiciary and Lord Hope said that secrecy in judicial proceedings "cut across absolutely fundamental principles, such as the right to be confronted by one's accusers and the right to know the reasons for the outcome"

I would like to say that I am surprised about this attack on fundamental rights but I'm not. It's yet another example of the Tories standing up to their reputation.

It was Lord Sankey in 1929 who said that "Justice should not only be done, but should appear to have been done". Though it would seem that the British Parliament is not interested in this fundamental tenant of a democracy.

This absurd law will no doubt be challenged in the courts and the sooner the better.

It would appear that Edmund Burke wasn't far off the mark when he said that bad laws make the worst kind of tyranny.

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