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The End of British Law – They’re All In It Together.

UK Legalises Retrospective Law Enforcement

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UK leaders – No wonder they’re all smiling

No wonder they’re all smiling

In an astonishing move, HM Government has now enacted a law that allows any government (because it’s now part of case law) to sentence someone for breaking a law that didn’t exist at the time they “committed” an “offence“.

Worst of all, our dear labour Party let HM Gov do it!


Yes. You heard right.    (On the other hand, that’s consistent with my leaving the party some time ago.)

Just suppose that ten years ago, as part of your employment expenses, you were allowed to “flip” your expenses onto your work “home” and back again, yet a few years later this became illegal and you could be imprisoned.   I’m talking about the MP’s Expenses scandal of course, famous for its duck island, moat and second homes a mere hoppity-skip from the main home.   See MPs’ expenses: How Cabinet ministers have made tens of thousands ‘flipping’ their homes.

So what was “allowed” (as they thinly described it) is now “not allowed”.  Legality curiously disappears in this “allowing” farrago, yet some things were and are illegal yet hardly anyone was sent to the clink.  Just a few token stooges.


So much for our privileged elite.

Not so good if you’re struggling in this artificially enforced time of economic restraint, wholly created by a roulette-based banking and investment class that shares the revolving door world with our politicians.

Because Iain Duncan Smith’s retrospective workfare legislation has just changed centuries of British law by making a law retrospective.

Now set in case law, the precedent has now been set for any law to be so applied.  You can now be penalised for something that was legal when you did it, but isn’t legal now.  That’s what it means.  Forget (for the moment) the injustice done to thousands of poor folks, fooled and misled into being stripped of their benefits.

The bigger picture is far worse and will have far reaching consequences.

This is really the ghastliest abomination from a whole series of actions where the freedom of the individual has been sequentially stripped over the past  decade or so.  No wonder they’re all smiling.  On top of this they’ve now gagged the press with whom they previously had such a nice cosy relationship.   They’ve made it so that if someone wins a libel case, they still have to pay all legal expenses!


Of course, terrorism (or the perception of terrorism through the western filter screen) is at the route of it.  The silent majority have let leaders do and say anything for so long that they’ve become accustomed to being scared and placid for so long that they can’t tell right from wrong anymore.   But consider this:

It’s always been illegal to trade with certain proscribed countries, organisations or individuals, (call them COI) at a given moment.  But it wasn’t always so.  At another moment, the list is different.

The precedent now makes it illegal for anyone to have traded with certain proscribed COI in the past even though they weren’t on the proscribed list years ago!  This is the bonkers conclusion to this daft legislation.  You can dream up any amount of scenarios.  All bonkers but now, apparently, all legal.

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Roger Irrelevant, Data Security, Liam Byrne and Johnny Foreigner

Liam Byrne

Liam Byrne


Roger Irrelevant

Two items this week have prompted this post which follows on from others like Laughable Big Brother. The Viz character, Roger Irrelevant is the link. (Viz flash version of a Roger Irrelevant cartoon.)

Quoting from the Wikipedia description of Roger:

“Roger Irrelevant is utterly detached from reality. The premise of the strip is that he spends his entire time making irrelevant remarks and suffering from bizarre delusions, usually involving inanimate objects. Roger does not have much of a personality and is oblivious to nearly everything around him.”

Three quizzed in migration probe

The BBC investigates illegal immigrants then the cops wade in….  There are bucket loads of forged papers on sale to anyone who wants them….

Border and Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said:

“This is fresh evidence for why ID cards are needed so urgently (my stress) and why it is so misguided to propose shutting our new system down.(…) businesses need to know who is legitimately here and that is why cards are so important.

MoD admits loss of secret files

The MOD has lost 658 laptop computers and 131 USB flash drives.

This is one of many government data losses.  Some of this stuff is top secret – apparently – whatever that’s supposed to mean nowadays.  So I repeat what Liam Byrne said just in case you missed it:

“This is fresh evidence for why ID cards are needed so urgently (my stress) and why it is so misguided to propose shutting our new system down.(…) businesses need to know who is legitimately here and that is why cards are so important.

Let’s find why Liam Byrne keeps repeating this bollox!

The minister had an ordinary education and did Politics & Modern History at university.  He then got a prestigious grant to get a MBA from HarvardSo being good at Politics, History and Business Administration immediately qualifies him to be an expert on computing systems and security?  Would you feel qualified?

Byrne co-started up a company called E-Government Solutions Ltd which does what it says on the tin.  It seeks to get all things IT into the government machine. This was before Byrne entered parliament, but as soon as he became an MP he had an unusually fast promotion according to Wikipedia.  Nothing wrong there except for his pronouncements from on high.  Previous to his recent promo for ID Cards, (which with the current idiots in charge will in the end probably give to a company seeking to get all things IT into the government machine), he’s made such pronouncements as;

This is how the minister’s pronouncements and actions have reminded me of Roger Irrelevant. Unfortunately, Labour dot gov have seen fit for him to be in charge of ID Cards and Immigration.

He thinks ID Cards will control criminals – er, no they won’t. Criminals have a behaviour that’s in their name – they’re criminals for fuck’s sake.

If all they have to do to forge a document is stick a fingerprint on it, then that’s what they’ll do.  They’ve already forged the document with a stolen name! If all they need is a few more IDs, they’ll just go to a website or a roundabout or maybe the back of a government taxi to find some our details there – the government has proved at all levels that it is singularly incapable of safeguarding ours or anyone elses info!

Apart from MPs own addresses that is!  What’s that?

Yes it’s true.  Our elected representatives are now on the need to know list, as the headline shows;

MPs’ addresses to remain secret.

Somehow they’ve conveniently forgotten that when you register as a candidate, your address, your nominee and your seconder are all there in the public domain.  This is part of the democratic system that’s called “free and fair” elections with accountability at all levels to ensure this is so.

Unless they’ve removed all of that?  I don’t know.  I may as well give up and go to Zimbabwe.

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