Monday, April 09, 2012

Being Norman Tebbit must be marvellous

In any fight against the violent hostile forces who threaten peace and security, it is the right of British people to go peacefully about their business which should trump the rights of those determined to rob them of that right.

… In both cases [secret evidence in civil trials, and Internet-tapping — PJW] it seems to me that what should be at issue is not the principle, but the restrictions which should be put in place to safeguard the rights of the innocent. (src)

The debates aren't about the principle of protecting all of us from unwarranted government intrusion (in the case of Internet-tapping), or of ensuring that both parties fight on a level playing field (in the case of secret evidence); they are about protecting the people who are innocent, while giving the guilty a dashed good hiding. Of course, as a principle of English law, everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but Our Norm has already declared himself above such petty fripperies: presumably he can tell, immediately and with perfect accuracy, who is as guilty as sin and who's innocent.

Truly, it must be marvellous, being Norman Tebbit. The only fly in his ointment, I am sure, must be all these judges who have their minds clouded by things like law, evidence, and jurisprudence.

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