Beware of judges making laws

If the image of so many of our senior politicians cow-towing to Lord Justice Leveson when appearing at his enquiry into the state of the media fills you with a warm glow, it shouldn’t .

When Labour leader Ed Miliband gushes that his party will follow slavishly any decisions the good judge comes to with regard to laws to enfeeble the press, you should be very wary.

When past prime ministers of whatever colour invite the good judge to impose laws on the media, you should both look for real motives and question who such pleading ultimately serves.

Heart warming as it may appear to see the great of the land in the world of politics, press and the police humbled before a smirking lead barrister and a kangaroo court, remember in this country it is you the people who have the power; not the press, not the police and no, not even the judges.

You may not, for good reason, have much time for the media – although a free press is your best defence against tyranny and corruption – and politicians as a breed may have tarnished their reputation. But take care to rub your hands with glee when your chosen representatives are dictated to by an unelected lawyer.

Reform the systems yes, but let Parliament decide what should be done.

Shame on those politicians who are willing to pander to the public gallery and promise to do the bidding of a judge when they should be saying they will listen to his advice but in the end they, your representatives, will decide what laws will be created in this country.

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12:45pm Thu 21 Jun 12

cliffwalker says...

To suggest that Leveson is or will make any law is to misunderstand the legal and political process in this country. It is the parliament of the UK that makes laws; not judges, not leaders of oppositions not prime ministers and certainly not newspaper editors. Leveson may make recommendations but it is our elected representatives who will decide what to do about them.
To suggest that Leveson is or will make any law is to misunderstand the legal and political process in this country. It is the parliament of the UK that makes laws; not judges, not leaders of oppositions not prime ministers and certainly not newspaper editors. Leveson may make recommendations but it is our elected representatives who will decide what to do about them. cliffwalker

12:03pm Sat 23 Jun 12

chunky_lover says...

I would love you to feature my experience of corruption in the Southampton magistrate court! Let's get Patrick Knox on this right away!
I would love you to feature my experience of corruption in the Southampton magistrate court! Let's get Patrick Knox on this right away! chunky_lover

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