It's odd how many people accept this anodyne phrase without a moment's thought. Some fool of a scribbler on the Guardian uses the phrase twice in one article without once giving a moment's consideration as to its meaning; "Strip away the high rhetoric from these attacks and they amount to a rejection of government being subject to the rule of law along with everyone else," he dribbles, and "Scapegoating human rights, judges and the European court may be effective politics in the eyes of some in government, but it corrodes respect for human rights and the rule of law."
The same idiot will no doubt today be penning a silly article condemning the severity of the riot sentences, without a moment's thought that this, too, is actually, erm, the Rule of Law. You see, 'law' is not some abstract, disinterested, neutral, fair, equitable, impartial code of goodness that all have a moral obligation to follow; 'law' is inherently political, made by governments. And others less democratically positioned. Would this numpty exhort North Koreans to be obedient to the dictatorship because the 'Rule of Law' is paramount? Would he have encouraged Germans to obey Hitler's anti-Jewish enactments for the same reason? Make no mistake; a law that forces us to give votes to lifers is no less political than one that seizes Jewish assets.
Police bosses, too, are susceptible to parroting the phrase with their thinking-cells switched off, whilst simultaneously condemning 'political interference' in their job. Where on Earth do they imagine the 'law' comes from? Hugh Orde, in an interview with the Indie, has made it explicitly clear that he favours the unelected politicians of the ECHR making laws rather than the UK's elected ones. Well, that's an opinion - and one we're all free to hold or not. And we all get the equal chance to vote on such things. Orde's vote on the issue should be worth no less than anyone else's.
But there are many of us who would repatriate the power to make our laws, to return the power to politicians that we elect directly, not politicians appointed by the Euro monster. For this we must repeal the Human Rights Act and replace the European Convention with a home-grown Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. The Eurozone is approaching collapse - I gave it until September two months ago. We need to be free of the death-throes of this malign Leviathan as rapidly as possible. David Cameron please note.