"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Trial By Jury "A Nicety"

I've heard it called some things before, not least the fundamental right of those accused of crime to be tried by a jury of their peers, but never "a genteel tradition and a nicety"

Louise Casey the Victims' Commissioner appointed by the Labour govt (what! No seat in the Lords yet?) and her quango should be slapped down hard by the government, but what's the betting? 
‘In a time of cuts, we need to abandon some of the genteel traditions and niceties of the legal system.
Moronic woman. What other 'genteel traditions' of Magna Carta would she like to abolish or is she now too busy poring over the Bill of Rights to see what else can be cut in this 'age of austerity'?  Let's hear Ken Clarke's views on this; it will be interesting to hear what this europhile thinks about English Common Law -v- European Ius Commune.

Origins of trial by jury


  1. And, of course, our magistrates will be Common Purpose trained.

    So it continues.


  2. Yes, you're spot on - that's the main reason why a change of government doesn't mean a change of direction. The whole political infrastructure and our institutions are infested with communitarian/third way maggots.

    The 'big society' has much in common with Obama's ACORN and is Agenda 21-led.

  3. Bang on, we must defend the Jury system.

    The goal seems to be trial by expert, I dug this link out from the last time this came up


  4. Thanks Daniel. The loss of trial by jury (first introduced by Straw for "complex" fraud trials) is something our corner of the non-aligned blogosphere has banged on about for a while. The warnings have been there but compared to the problems of day-to-day living and feeding the family they can seem remote to some. They're not remote at all - they're central - and we must do everything we can to ensure that no more freedoms are stripped from us.

    Cameron talked about re-patriating powers from the EU - I'd like to see powers restored to the people from the state under the Bill of Rights & Magna Carta. I'm still waiting for the Grand Repeal Bill!

    Nice to see you back, btw :-)


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