Thursday, January 08, 2004
Another Reason to Hate Hopolophobes
As if one were needed. All week they've been whining about Sky Marshals because......Guuuuuuuns. I mean, that's the last thing you'd want when five nutjobs are hijacking your plane for a one-way trip to the Millenium Stadium. You'd be sitting there thinking 'Gosh, I sure hope there isn't an ex-SAS guy on-board with a Glock, otherwise it'll get really dangerous.'
While all this has been going on, the Government has taken a blowtorch to the constitution. War is war, but these powers go so far, and with so few restraints, as to strike at the heart of our civil rights.
Take, for example, the ability of the Government to (effectively) pass laws without reference to Parliament. That could be a vital power in an emergency, but there is no requirement for them to gain Parliamentary approval at the first opportunity. Similarly, the Government will be able to confiscate property. Will owners be compensated ? Will they have the right to retroactively challenge the order in the Courts post-emergency ? What do you think ?There isn't even a sunset clause.
The act is virtually a textbook example of bad law. But our supposed watchdogs in the media plus our nation's soi-dissant Liberals are too busy panicking about the Government depriving hijackers of the Right to Crash Aircraft. And a vote of thanks too, to our supposedly Big Government hating Conservative Party, yet again providing proof of how optimisic it is to title them Her Majesty's Opposition.
Maybe people would be more worried if we told them how many Government employees have Guuuuuuuuuuuuuuns.