Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Philosopher Kings

As judges are using international treaties as an excuse to impose their prejudices over the democratically elected legislature (in this case on assylum, but who knows which subject they could pick tomorrow), the Telegraph opinion.telegraph.co.uk - calls for withdrawal from the ECHR. Sadly this probably won't work. Maybe rather than simply replacing stupid treaties, we should be aiming to replace arrogant judges.

If they want to honestly make the case that a largely self selecting elite should make the laws rather than elected representatives then by all means let them, although the current political climate may be against them. Just don't pretend that this is judicial independence - an ideal that can be asserted against executive cruelty but not perceived legislative stupidity.


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