Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Blogosphere disagrees with Iain over Woolas

I feel a certain sympathy with Iain Dale's penchant for championing unpopular causes. He's not a bloke to take racing tips from, put it that way. First there was the defence of the unspeakable tea-leaf  Derek Conway, then the defence of the mad Nadine Dorries and now he's come to the defence of Woolas. When last I looked, Iain's readers were almost unanimously opposed to his position - including this comment from Tom Harris (no, not that Tom Harris);

The fact that you think Woolas' leaflets were "appalling" and "disgusting" makes your decision even more bizarre. Parliament puts law on statue book (complete with punishment). Man breaks law and court administers punishment. Iain Dale labels it a miscarriage of justice!
And this is the nub. It's not about judges trumping electors, it's about the Election Court applying a Statute passed by Parliament, i.e. us, and in doing so upholding democratic rule over favouritism and cronyism, i.e. the teflon protection that the loathsome political class seek for themselves. Rather a triumph for democracy, I would have thought.  

5 comments:

Tufty said...

Exactly - a triumph for democracy as you say. As was the expenses scandal even if too many MPs got away with it. Both are good news and possible signs that transparency is improving. I think the web is making a difference - blogs such as this one are far superior to the MSM.

Blogbot said...

I gave reading Dale up in exasperation several months ago. looks to have been a good decision methinks.

Nick Drew said...

to cap it all, Dale's chosen mechanism for ensuring 'justice' is the votes of electorate

... the very folk whose ability to cast their votes wisely is undermined by the offending leaflets !

Robert said...

He also tried to defend Laws accusing all and sundry of homo-phobia when the issue was about theft not sexuality.

He has too many interests outside his blog and cannot differentiate between his interests and the public interest. In other words he has become the political animal he always wanted to be. He doesn't post the scoops he once did.

JuliaM said...

It's a pity that Iain feels he'll lose readers over this, and an even greater pity that several people have confirmed he is right to fear this.

Disagreeing with a website is never a reason to not read it...