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Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Britain - the new banana republic?

Iain Murray, weighing in at The Corner, believes that Britain is no longer a constitutional monarchy. With the prime minister's unprecedented intervention to save the Saudis from an embarrassing corruption inquiry into a British arms deal, Tony Blair has flagrantly dispensed with the rule of law and turned Britain into (according to Oliver Kramm at The Times) the newest banana republic.

Stephen Pollard explains:

In my view, it's of a different order of magnitude to cash-for-peerages. I'm not diminishing that (if a crime is indeed proven). But the notion that the government can suspend the rule of law when it sees fit, with no comeback or debate, strikes at the very heart of the notion of a constitutional rather than an absolute monarchy. So we now live, in the strict meaning of the phrase, under a despotic government, with the government acting, in the name of the monarch, above the rule of law as laid down by Parliament.

7 comments:

The Monarchist said...

I can understand the frustration. The Saudis get all the breaks. First from the Bushs, and now from the Blairs. He's a great Westminster orator, with a lousy Westminster disposition. Her Majesty needs greater reserve powers to check against his corruptible ways. I'm sure some highflying contract with the Saudis and others doing something awaits him post premiership.

cawp said...

At what point will the British take to the streets? Or are we still content to let this man vandalise the laws, institutions and traditions of our country?

Colonial said...

The British want to become an Islamic Republic, that much is obvious since the British were marching in the streets demanding death and beheadings to those who insult their adopted religion, but a Banana Islamic Republic is something new. Wouldn't they have to have a lot of oil money for that?

cawp said...

Can I extend an invitation to all brothers across the seas, for an invasion of my country? Canadians, Australians, Kiwis, you're all welcome: give your British cousins and your Queen the best Christmas present possible, and deliver us from ourselves.

Too many of us have sunk into the abyss, and won't let go of everyone else.

cawp said...

Can I extend an invitation to all brothers across the seas, for an invasion of my country? Canadians, Australians, Kiwis, you're all welcome: give your British cousins and your Queen the best Christmas present possible, and deliver us from ourselves.

Too many of us have sunk into the abyss, and won't let go of everyone else.

The Monarchist said...

Cawp, can I extend an invitation to you to join us? If so, pls send me an email to themonarchist@rogers.com.

Dundonald said...

I know it's tempting to denounce everything that Blair does these days, but the laws of probability alone dictate that, once in a while, he will do something right. Dropping the Saudi probe was the only option open to a Government that has a modicum of concern for the national interest. The Eurofighter deal was of vital importance to British jobs and to our defence needs (selling off trache 2 air defence fighters that we don't need in order to buy tranche 3 ground attack versions that we do need). The dropping of the SFO investigation was only of concern to the Guardianistas; its continuation would only have handed the fighter contract to the French, something they would no doubt have been happy with.

The Al Yamamah deal was negotiated by Margaret Thatcher, and it benefits British companies and British taxpayers. I know we have not been used to this recently, but isn't that what British Governments are supposed to do?

P.S. I second Cawp's invitation for the immigration of common sense and freedom from dhimmitude.