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Friday, February 08, 2008

 
Big News!!!!!!!!!!

It is a big old bloody news day and no mistake. As well as Prince William having a curry (bloody hell! amazing), noted jurist Stephen Pollard has informed me via his blog:

"If you live in the UK, you obey UK law and no other if there is a conflict"

Wow! We've abrogated the Treaty of Rome! We're no longer under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights! Presumably this happened last week while I was away. Why did nobody tell me?

(there is actually a serious message to this otherwise rather puerile joke. Pollard, noted jurist Melanie Phillips, etc etc, seem to be "forgetting"[1] that the ECHR exists and is directly litigable in the UK (there is no reason to go straight to Strasbourg these days as the Human Rights Act 1998 implemented it as the law of the UK, but if an incoming sharia regime repealed the HRA98 then we would revert to the status quo ante, so if you were sentenced to 40 lashes by incoming prime minister the Rt Hon Abu-Hamza al-Masri, then you would be able to appeal to the Court of Human Rights and having won your appeal, the House of Lords would overturn both your sentence and the hypothetical Sharia Dhimmi Dummy Act 2011.)

[1] In the case of Pollard this might be an honest mistake. In the case of Phillips, there is surely no way on earth that she can have forgotten about the European Convention on Human Rights, because she wrote an entire chapter of "Londonistan" about how angry she was that the UK had given up its proud sovereignty, right to pass bigoted and/or oppressive laws, etc by passing the Human Rights Act which implemented it in the UK. IIRC, she was particularly exercised (by which I mean this was nearly three pages of the book) about the dangers to our society posed by transsexuals changing the gender on their birth certificates, which oddly seemed to be the most serious example of a practical consequence of the HRA98 that she could find.

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