Friday, August 17, 2012

They always do this

Whenever there is a public outcry over something the government does the plans are often shelved, particularly if the government feels sensitive to public opinion. If they don't then they go ahead and do it anyway.
The problem with a shelved plan though is that it rarely stays shelved for long, they are often tacked onto other separate forms of legislation and voted into law via the back door. This is why we are supposed to have Parliamentary Committees, to scrutinise legislation and hold the government to account.
However it seems there are some bits of legislation the government are determined to get onto the statute book come hell or high water...
Ministers were last night accused of plotting to introduce secret inquests by the back door.
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke promised the idea had been abandoned after critics including the Daily Mail and civil liberties groups campaigned fiercely against it.
But MPs and peers now say a clause has been quietly slipped into the Justice and Security Bill, which is going through Parliament, allowing ministers to revive it.
Alarmingly, an influential Lords committee says the decision could be taken on the orders of a Cabinet minister without the need for Parliamentary legislation.
Critics say the move would mean inquests into police shootings and soldiers killed by so-called ‘friendly fire’ could take place behind closed doors.
The problem with these inquests is that they are often deeply embarrassing to the government, ministers and various public services. It's the equivalent of someone going through their dirty laundry and showing the world what idiots/fools/reprobates they are. The number of cases where coroners have accused the government via the Defence Ministry of short changing our troops in equipment, criticised police brutality and called the government to account via their findings published via the MSM on a number of occasions, no wonder the government love the idea. They've even incorporated the idea that the press wouldn't even be informed that there was some form of application was in place, after all, if you don't know it's there, you can't object.
Naturally the government claim that it will only be used in matters of 'national security' the problem of course is who decides it's a matter of 'national security' and even more so the matter of 'mission creep' where the law as written will be used in ways the original authors (supposedly) never envisaged.
As ever, the government of the UK no matter which stripe it hails from is going down a path where our ancient rights are being eroded or cast aside one bit at a time.
What's worse is that the UK public no longer seem to care...

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Anonymous said...

Maybe you should submit this to Harrys Place QM, I think you are an occasional commenter there.