Thursday, November 19, 2009

Quote of the Day...

... comes from Shuggy, talking about NuLabour's attitude to law in general and education in particular.
From the Queen's speech we learn that children in England are to be given legal rights to a good education. Blair may be gone but the Project lives, its essence distilled in this proposal: why actually do something when you can pass a law that says something must be done, instead?

The rest of Shuggy's post is worth reading to, but the above quote so neatly sums up this government's attitude—the corrosive idea that legislating for something automatically makes it so. It's not only incredibly fucking delusional but it makes for bad law, severe miscarriages of justice, and an unprecedented constriction of liberty.

Why won't these dreadful little turds just fuck off—now?


Dominic Allkins said...

Another good quote from yesterday was Professor Willem Buiter of the London School of Economics:

"Fiscal responsibility acts are instruments of the fiscally irresponsible to con the public."

Just about sums up Brown and New Labour completely.

Richard said...

You're forgetting - it also makes lots of work for lawyers.

Lots of Labour MPs are expecting to have to rely on their legal qualifications for an income after the next election!

Dave said...

Anyone who has read "atlas shrugged" would have had a sense of deja vu yesterday.

I kept expecting her maj to pause, take off her glasses and say "oh god, do I have to read any more of this bilge?"

How she kept going I don't know.

Vicola said...

What baffled me was the one about halving the budget deficit in 4 years. So what exactly happens if they DON'T achieve this? Does the chancellor get an extended stay at her majesty's pleasure? Does the cabinet get an ASBO? What? It appears to be legislation without any sanctions, in which case it's a pretty pointless law.

Roger Thornhill said...

Define "good".

The "right" should be "not prevented from getting an education". The state would fall foul immediately because it forces children to attend institutions that do not provide it.

On the other hand the stare could cease all forced attendance and then comply.

But that would mean their systematic processing would cease, natch.

Henry Crun said...

@ Dave, how her Maj read it and kept a straight face says much about her resolve, you could hear the disdain in her voice.

It was like she was thinking "Thank fuck that's the last time I have to read this one-eyed fuckwit's drivel"

Max the Impaler said...

It was Harry Brown and the Goblet of Shite.McDoom must have broken into Dumbledors room and nicked his wand.Wave it around and mumble a law and it will happen.Delusion just doesn't cut it.

theredeemingdefect said...

I heard a brief couple of words from someone on PM last night who summed up much of what Labour has done "the Labour Party seems to think that, like handbags, you can never have too many Education Bills".

David Davis (Libertarian Alliance) said...

Devil, they won't fuck off, not now and not ever: they believe truly and with ferocious conviction in what they are saying. In one sense they are Enemies Worthy of Our Steel: in another sense they are humanity's Armageddon, and we're running out of time.

Perhaps we ought to be proud that we have been sent to face them: the best that The Devil (the real one, not you) can offer up at this time.

Dave H said...

I heard with complete disbelief Patricia Hewitt arguing that forcing companies to consider flexible working arrangements 'gave them the opportunity' to do it.

The internal logic of such people is extraordinary and, given they are in power, more than a little scary.

North Northwester said...

The syndrome of fiat-worship was long ago, according to the chroniclers, addressed and derided by one of our conquerors.
‘“Henry of Huntingdon, the 12th-century chronicler, tells how Cnut set his throne by the sea shore and commanded the tide to halt and not wet his feet and robes; but the tide failed to stop. According to Henry, Cnut leapt backwards and said "Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings, for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth, and sea obey by eternal laws."’Details here.

Who says that illegal immigrants can’t teach us a thing or two about life?

Elliott Burton said...

Do these buffons not realise this will open the floodagtes for litigation claims...on second thoughts, they probably do and are gleefully laughing at the headache this will cause for the next Tory govt...the day these cretins leave cant come quick enough