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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Enough of this devotional mush

Let us write, always, in brief, and about other things. (ecclesiastical gossip counts as other things). My blog, so in this case, unlike in people's thesises, I can make you write the way I think you should, so there.
I will start. More constitutional reform on the part of our Foolish Leader. An letter to the Times. (This shouldn't be me having to post this stuff, I am half a continent away, pull your socks up, please, Scottish correspondents.)

If enacted as it stands, we believe the Bill would make it possible for the Government, by delegated legislation, to do (inter alia) the following:

  • create a new offence of incitement to religious hatred, punishable with two years’ imprisonment;
  • curtail or abolish jury trial;
  • permit the Home Secretary to place citizens under house arrest;
  • allow the Prime Minister to sack judges;
  • rewrite the law on nationality and immigration;
  • “reform” Magna Carta (or what remains of it).

Proposal to campaign for various things, including a Bill of Rights. Squeaks of dismay at Spectres of the Endarkenment, but given the record of our Foolish Leader perhaps carving habeas corpus in stone would not be a bad idea.