Friday, 19 November 2010

A new attempt to by-pass Parliament

Liberal Democrat Voice is reporting another attempt by the executive to grant itself sweeping powers. Mark Pack is hopeful that this, too, can be resisted: "The good news is that Liberal Democrat and other peers are not exactly lining up to give this legislation united unqualified backing in the Lords, and the government is also (to its credit) talking about making changes to the proposals. With the right public pressure the legislation can be made right."

At the risk of someone screaming "Godwin's Axiom" at me, I should point out that Hitler managed to acquire dictatorial powers initially quite legally by means of legislation which also allowed the by-passing of parliament in special circumstances. As Thomas Jefferson is quoted: "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty".

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