The Plastic Hippo

December 6, 2016

Above the law

Filed under: Law,Media,Politics,Rights,Walsall — theplastichippo @ 2:30 am
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The Supreme Court Walking Football Team

The Supreme Court Walking Football Team

It is becoming depressingly clear that sections of the UK media and swathes of the UK public have a remarkably thin grasp of how the law works so here is a word of advice to those attempting to undermine the credibility and national loyalty of senior judges: your argument might fail if you persist in shouting out insults and lies. The old duffers currently hearing the government`s appeal against a High Court ruling that parliament and not cabinet should trigger the Article 50 process of leaving the European Union are concerned only with the law and not with politics, economics, xenophobia or the pig ignorance of certain newspaper editors and proprietors.

The Leave campaign has made much of the fact that judges are not elected and are, therefore, part of a pro-EU elite intent on stifling the will of the people. The big boss judge has a foreign name and one of them is a woman and apparently a feminist. Others have expressed a fondness for European art, music and cuisine and most have unpatriotically taken holidays on evil European soil. The reality is that judges are appointed due to their knowledge of the law and make impartial judgements based on statute and precedence. Similarly, cabinet ministers are not elected but are instead appointed by a Prime Minister who happens to be a leader of a political party and make partial judgements based on their ambition to remain as an MP. The legislature might be elected but the executive and the judiciary are not. When two unelected branches of government are in dispute, then surely the elected part of the trinity should have the final say.

Jurisprudence in the United Kingdom is delightfully flexible and open to considerable interpretation. When the theories of natural law, legal positivism and legal realism clash, a judge might acquit a rapist based on the attendance of the same public school or imprison a felon on a more severe tariff based on the colour of the defendants skin. Nowhere is this flexibility more evident that in prosecution under the Terrorism Act of 2000.

Recently, at the Old Bailey, a Mr Mohammed and his wife Nazimabee were jailed for transferring £219 to their nephew who they thought had volunteered to carry out humanitarian aid work in Turkey. The couple were prosecuted under Section 17 of the Terrorism Act of 2000.

John Letts, aged 55 and Sally Lane aged 53 from Oxford were found guilty of transferring money to their son who had converted to Islam. The charge was “entering into or becoming concerned in an arrangement to make available money, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used for a terrorist purpose contrary to section 17 of the Terrorism Act of 2000.” Perhaps they were sending their son some money to get home.

In Walsall, a man was jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of “helping to facilitate a network to enable people to travel to Syria and engage in terrorism.” His wife was jailed for 30 months because she “failed to disclose information about her husband`s plan to travel to the Middle East.” It is not just human the rights lawyers that the government wish to see the back of that consider the Terrorism Act of 2000 a little bit vague to say the least.

Consider the case of a young man studying at the London Metropolitan University who left a rucksack containing a flask, powder, ball bearings, a clock timing device, a battery and an initiator on a tube train at North Greenwich on the Jubilee Line. For clarity, the student was white and had the surname Smith. He was charged under the Explosive Substance Act 1883 and because he is somewhere on the Autism spectrum, his actions are considered to be “a prank.”

Consider also the assassin who murdered the MP Jo Cox. The judge and the widower considered this to be a terrorist act but the radicalised murderer was considered to be the usual “lone wolf” with mental health issues by the majority of the media. The BBC placed “terrorist” in inverted commas as if a politically motivated murder was in some way in doubt. The Daily Mail ran the story on page 30 giving up the front page to describing judges as the enemy of the people. The Mail suggested that the terrorist who murdered Jo Cox feared having his home occupied by immigrants. As the assassin gave no testimony before, during, or after the trail, it is difficult to know how the Mail can justify this invented alibi. The “journalists” who produced this rubbish are called Chris Greenwood and Emine Sinmaz.

The terrorist who killed Jo Cox was charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon. Like the “prankster” who left a bomb on the underground, he was not considered dark skinned enough to warrant the use of the Terrorism Act of 2000 because it is obvious that white men are not terrorists unless they have converted to Islam. Interestingly, when terrorists are caught, the law goes after the hate preachers who radicalised the easily led which is why the Terrorism Act is not used against white folks.

Imagine Rothermere, Murdoch, Dacre, Boris Johnson and the great lump of excrement Nigel Farage up before a judge and jury on charges of hate-filled radicalisation. It is not going to happen because free speech is only applicable if it fits a fascist agenda. There is an old joke involving a defendant exclaiming that “as God is my judge, I am not guilty”. The judge replied, “he`s not, I am and you are.”

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