Sunday, 10 August 2008

Bill of Rights: protecting Parliament from the People

I have, to the detriment of my blood pressure, just waded through the Joint Committee for Human Rights' report into the case for a British Bill of Rights, which I was alerted to at Samizdata.

This turgid, rambling trash lays bare much of the rotten heart of this nation's political system, dominated as it is by parasitical lawyers in perpetual circle-jerk. If this rank document is their justification for their own existence, God help them.

After acknowledging that the United States' Bill of Rights - the only such document worthy of the name - was put in place to protect the people from the government, it then drags the argument out of the clear daylight into the subterranean gloom of what they like to call 'positive freedoms' - whereby the state can pose as provider, inventing endless means for its own self-perpetuation.

So much of this document confirms how its authors and the supporting cast inhabit an intellectual ghetto, oft referred to as the Westminster Bubble, cut off from reality, where they can parade around vaingloriously, safe in the knowledge that any little boy who may dare shout 'the Emperor is naked!" has been prevented from entry by armed guards.

This 'Bill of Rights' is worthless, because it is based on principles that are fundamentally against the people, chief of which being the sovereignty of Parliament. It also scapes and bows to the Human Rights Act, an incomprehensible - and thus perforce - despicable piece of legislation.

The only legitimate purpose of a Bill of Rights is to restrain the state and the government from arbitrary, tyrannical rule. Parliament will never acknowledge this, because such a Bill of Rights will undermine it's power over us.

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