The House of Commons at its Worst

GOVERNMENT FOUND TO BE IN CONTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.

So screeched all the newspaper headlines earlier this week. The innocent reader will have conjured up pictures of the Lord Chief Justice of England, the President of the Supreme Court, the Master of the Rolls, the President of the Family Division and the Chancellor of the High Court sitting together and solemnly declaring the government to have been in contempt of Parliament.

In fact, nothing like that happened. Instead, a whole lot of politicians, acting entirely from political, not judicial, motives (though endlessly and pompously asserting that they were the “High Court of Parliament”) decided to kick the government where it hurts and dress the assault up as a judicial and not a political act. Continue reading

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What is Ergenekon?

According to the Islamists and their all kind of allies against the Turkish Republic, Ergenekon is a “Terror Organisation.”
In 2007, the Islamists lunched a witch-hunt against the Turkish Army and many officers, intellectuals, academicians, journalists arrested some of them have died in the prisons.

Erdogan declared himself as a prosecutor of Ergenekon Case, but yesterday the prosecutor announced that Ergenekon “Terror Organisation” wasn’t proven. Turkey lost over a decade and the worst thing is Turkey is no longer a democracy due to the attacks on the Turkish Army and the attacks open the door of Erdogan’s dictatorship.

Alright then, what is the real Ergenekon?
The wolves have an excellent place in Turkish culture which based on some sagas about wolves, the most known are Asena and Ergenekon.

According to Aseana’s saga, the Turks come into existence a boy who was survived by a she wolf who is called Asena. When the boy becomes a teenage Asena gives birth to ten half-human, half-wolf and one of ten children is Ashina who ruled the clan, as a result of that, the Turks spreads on earth from Asena’s children. In addition the Asena myth, Grey Wolf is the most important animal figure in Turkish culture and history as a myth, and it is national symbol of the Turks and unofficially the Turkish Republic.
The myth was that after losing a war, the Turks lived some four hundred years as a refugee in the Ergenekon Valley, but their population increased and the valley became narrow to shelter more population, after some suggestion, a blacksmith melted the iron mountain and opened a way out in a grey wolf guidance, so the Turks go out from their mythic homeland Ergenekon. The Grey Wolf becomes eternal symbol of the Turks thanks to Ergenekon and Aseana sagas.

Like the Turkish Saga Asena, the Romans have a mythology is very similar myth with the Turkish saga about the founding of the city Rome, Romulus and Remus’ story.
On the photo; at the request of Ataturk, famous Turkish painter Ibrahim Calli painted his famous painting “Ergenekon and Grey Wolf” in 1928. The painting is on display at State Art & Sculpture Museum in Ankara.ergenekon

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

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