Are Police Officers required to be Heroes?

PC Keith Palmer, who was a hero, was murdered by a terrorist in New Palace Yard, part of the Houses of Parliament. By chance, the acting Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, Sir Craig Mackey, was in a car in New Palace Yard with two other police officers. They had been to a meeting with a Home Office minister and were about to leave for Scotland Yard. Yesterday, in his evidence to the Inquest inquiring into the deaths of the terrorist’s victims, Sir Craig explained what he saw and did.

His evidence can be summarised briefly. He saw the terrorist threatening PC Palmer with a knife. He saw the knife being raised. He thought of getting out of his car and trying to intervene. But he was not wearing any protective clothing (he was in shirt sleeves), he had no radio and no other equipment. Furthermore, his two colleagues were traumatised by the scene. It looked to him as though anyone trying to intervene to save PC Palmer would be putting himself at risk of serious injury or even death. Taking account of all those factors, he decided the sensible course would be to stay in the car, lock the doors and escape as soon as possible. Continue reading

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Doctor Who.

BBC1 18.45 GMT. It began with some half Jamaican bisexual lad losing his bike. Then, Jodie Whittaker appeared. Now, I have no issue with The Doctor being reincarnated as a woman. Thing is, it began to tick boxes, I was waiting for a (disabled) otherwise abled Chinese wheelchair person to be written into the programme.

I quit before the final part, about ten minutes left, when it was made clear that the plot was a rip off of “Predator” and a toothsome alien was hunting Earth folks. As a veteran of Dr Who since Mr Hartnell as the original, it went downhill, hopefully La Jodie will breathe new life into it.

The UK Supreme Court Must Not Imitate the USA Supreme Court

It’s a bit cheeky of me, having moaned more than once about all the posts on Facebook devoted to the hearings into the suitability of a man for appointment as a USA Supreme Court Judge, to write a piece of my own about political appointments of judges.

I must make it clear immediately that I will be saying nothing about Mr Kavanaugh and his alleged behaviour towards girls when he was a schoolboy. He may or may not be Supreme Court Judge material (I suspect considerations other than adolescent misbehaviour may be more important). It is not for an Englishman to judge. The Americans have adopted this system of having politicians as judges of their highest court. We, in Britain, have no right to tell them they are wrong.

But we certainly have the right to fear that we may end up following the American example.

Our highest court used to be the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords. Actually, technically, it was the House itself (the law lords on the committee reported to the whole House). Tony Blair then suddenly heard about something called the doctrine of the separation of powers and, horrified to discover that the judiciary and legislature had combined, he abolished the judicial functions of the Lords and, imitating America, he created our very own Supreme Court.

Some of the judges approved of this frightfully modern idea. A few of them, I fear, did think that, one day, they could become more important than Parliament, just as the American Supreme Court is more important than the Senate, Congress and the President. I think there were only a few who thought like that. Most just thought it sounded lovely and modern, was probably admired by the intelligentsia of Islington and was therefore a good thing (top judges are very clever but they also suffer from human vanities just like the rest of us), But others were worried. Indeed, Lord Neuberger, who later became President of the new court, at first refused to join it because of his disapproval of it.

Is there a real risk that Parliamentary sovereignty (assuming we recover it from the EU) could be passed to a few unelected judges in our Supreme Court? Could the time come when we have to have sordid select committee hearings into the suitability of men and women to sit in the UK Supreme Court?

There is not, I think, an imminent danger. It is true that a minority (a small one) of the Supreme Court judges has started, very tentatively, laying the foundations for a declaration, quite a way in the future, that the court can overrule Parliament. At the moment, the movement is what one could call a left wing one. It is headed by the President of the Court, Lady Hale. She has said that she can imagine circumstances in which the Supreme Court could overturn an Act of Parliament repealing the Human Rights Act. But we should remember that her judicial brethren did manage to dissuade her from following her extra-judicial assertion that the court could prevent Parliament from approving our withdrawal from the EU. Parliament will not be repealing the Human Rights Act any time soon. But, if, after an election, it does so, my guess would be that Lady Hale’s colleagues (who are very bright) would succeed in explaining to her that her desire for the Supreme Court to usurp the powers of Parliament is one which she should stifle.

Nevertheless, I have no doubt that we should be alert to the danger of the Supreme Court, one day, claiming to be sovereign and superior to Parliament. Some, of course, will say it is not a danger. Clever North London judges, they will say, are much more reliable as law makers than MPs elected by misguided and uneducated working class voters. Our laws will be much more civilised if they have to be approved by the likes of Lady Hale before they can be enforced.

But such thoughts are very foolish. The idea that we will all just accept that this new sovereign Supreme Court should for ever be populated by Blairite judges is barmy. Don’t forget that the present fuss across the pond arose from a Republican President seeking to appoint a Republican judge. Yes, the same sort of nonsense goes on when Democrat presidents seek to appoint Democrat judges. The point is that, once a Supreme Court becomes political, only men and women thought to be supporters of the government will be nominated. And then you will get, in Westminster, exactly the sort of disagreeable hearings which have been boring us from Washington for so long.

We are fortunate to have some of the best judges in the world. We don’t inquire what their politics are, because we know the answer would be irrelevant. Sometimes a few people accuse the judges of all being awful lefty liberals and a few others say they are dreadful Tory stooges. But most of us know that almost all of them apply the law without allowing their own political opinions to play any part in their judgments. It would be very odd if there were no exceptions to that. There are some. But our appeals system usually puts things right. It would be truly awful if the highest court of all became wholly political.

Lady Hale must be gently and politely restrained from trying to turn our top judges into politicians, otherwise she will find an English Kavanaugh joining her on the bench.

Charles

 

 

 

The Troubles and Troublemaker!

There are several ongoing crisis in Turkey , the worst, Turkey is no longer democracy and political and finacial crisis are going to the worst.
Erdogan is one man, the halh of the Turkish people prefer and admire Erdogan instead of democracy so they throw Turkey into the fire and the fire envelops the whole Turkey and Turkish interests both in Turkey and abroad.
Economy is collapsed by Erdogan but for his mistakes and failures he blames the other countries, particularly Germany and the US, yesterday he begged Merkel for the money in Germany but she refused, recently he has declared the US is his enemy. but 2 days ago he made a deal with American company McKinsey to overcome economic crisis, so he invited the US in Turkey to make control of Turkey once again. The dealing is with McKingsey is not in favour of Turkey’s independency in the whole fields.

When everything goes wrong the Sun is somewhere up there!

I disagree with all the journalists who are in prison included my teenage years’ favourite journalist Mrs.Nazli Ilicak but I don’t want to see any journalist behind the bars.
I’m so embarrassed to see any journalist in the Turkish prisons.
Yes, their journalism were not journalism during the Erdogan years but they had given up to support Erdogan they were arrested after the failed coup attemt in 2016.
Either they were pro-Erdoganists or anti-Erdoganists they did not use to weapon, just used to pencil and Erdogan was very happy as they used to their pencil against the Turkish Republic and Turkish Army Forces (TAF).library

Is it too Late?

Much fun is made of old men like me who constantly moan that everything is getting worse and worse. We were to be found, it is said, in every generation. But life goes on. Our complaints always come to nothing. Life, indeed, gets better and better, not worse and worse.

I daresay there is an element of truth in that. I ask myself, for instance, whether, in as few as ten years, anyone will worry, as I do every day, about the illiterate use of the word “gender” to mean “sex”, something which has become more and more widespread. I know, though bitterly regret, that the notion that gender and sex have two different meanings will be completely forgotten very soon, and we will carry on living happy or sad lives which will be entirely unaffected by that mutilation of our language. Continue reading

Cultural appropriation at its worst

It is part of the traditional recipe of the Cornish pasty to have jam stuffed into one corner. This allows the clog-wearing pleb to finish with something ‘sweet’.

Indeed, the knotted band of pastry is designed has a ‘handle’, so the dirty, sweaty clog-wearer can hold it and eat the goodies without getting his filth on the part he’s eating.

Ginsters – those purveyors of fine food – don’t have jam in their pasties and don’t have the twisted, knotted pastry around the outside edge.

This is cultural appropriation at its worst and a form of ‘culture rape’, gastronomic imperialism – and is utterly racist against the Cornish.

I feel personally attacked by Ginsters’s non-Cornish pasty and will likely need a safe-space to hide in where I can slowly un-trigger myself.

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Je Suis Boris

I wonder if any of you remember the horrific attack on the French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in January 2015? The satirical magazine had published cartoons depicting Muhammad. Many, but not all, Muslims object to any attempt to produce likenesses of the prophet. Two brothers, Islamist fanatics, entered the magazine’s premises and slaughtered 12 members of its staff. At about the same time, another terrorist attacked a Jewish supermarket, killing 4 customers.

There was an international outcry. Statesmen throughout the world, including our then Home Secretary (one Theresa May), declared their total commitment to freedom of expression and, particularly, emphasised that free men and women should never be prevented from ridiculing religions. The people joined in. The cry, Je Suis Charlie, was heard throughout the world. Continue reading

Navigate This

I had to laugh on the way home this evening when I heard about a study which shows men can navigate better than women. The most shocking about this is that someone needed an actual study to reach this conclusion.

Obviously it can’t be true that men can do anything better than women, because to suggest such a thing would be hate-speech, so the BBC needed a way to flip a story to its own purposes. Continue reading

Medicine is more effective than Faith

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An American couple have been accused of denying their child medical treatment for religious reasons. The child is now dead. There is an online video of the child’s father’s mouth falling open when the judge reads out the charges. I’m not surprised he was surprised.

The Washington Post has a quote from the child’s alleged father:

‘“It didn’t seem smart to me that you would be saving people who weren’t the fittest. If evolution believes in survival of the fittest, well then why are we vaccinating everybody? Shouldn’t we just let the weak die off and let the strong survive?” Continue reading