While I am happy to support (any) government against the absurd posturing of the tabloids on law, the rule of law and their agenda to control…['UNELECTED JUDGE' FOUND ON THE MOON yada yada blah] I do wonder, sometimes…. if our modern politicians (who make the laws)… actually know any law / much about law or Constitutional history.
Our prime minister, David Camerondirect (TM), has come up with a few *stunts* in recent months which reveal, to my jaded eye, that law was not an option he took at Oxford or… frankly… which he has been over concerned with in his subsequent quest to lead our
Scepter’d Tory-led Coalition fudg’d up isle. I refer ‘members to a blog post I made a few moments days ago’…. on privacy, prisoner votes… do I really need to mention any more examples?
Anyway.. there we are… if you want to listen to Professor Vernon Bogdanor on BBC iPlayer talking about his new book…. The Coalition and the Constitution… without punting relentlessly, like @Lord_Sugar on strong coffee, (Bogdanor didn’t appear to punt his book at all) … but talking some real…realpolitik…. sense.. try this short 15 minute programme. You may not agree (and I didn’t agree with all the points) .. but… it was a pleasure to watch and listen to.
Amusingly… Professor Bogdanor’s Wikipedia entry reports (I cannot verify the veracity of any Wikipedia entry – but, more often than not/ fairly often, they are fairly accurate?)
Professor Bogdanor has, however, expressed reservations about certain policies of Cameron’s, notably his proposal for a British “Bill of Rights”, about which Bogdanor said, “I believe it’s ill thought-out and confused…. He [Cameron] may have forgotten some of the things I’ve taught him. I’d be happy to give him a few more tutorials on civil liberties.”
Bogdanor taught Cameron at Oxford.