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Warning: This post was published more than 11 years ago.

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From the front page of today’s Guardian:

The government should not attempt to browbeat judges over its new anti-terrorism laws, the new senior judge in England and Wales warned yesterday. The lord chief justice, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, said judges were not in conflict with the government but said that it would be “wholly inappropriate” for a politician to try to put pressure on them … Tony Blair denied that he was “browbeating” the judiciary and went on to warn the judges – again in explicit terms – that they must not rule against the anti-terror measures that were being proposed.

“Err, I’m not telling you what to do, but you can’t rule against this!”

I don’t think he understands…

This 742nd post was filed under: News and Comment.






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