Apparently it is possible for Boris Johnson to use Tony Blair’s Civil Contingencies Act to bypass democracy in the case of a “no deal” Brexit.
It seems some people – you know, media/Establishment types – want to use that connection to smear the current Labour Party as dictatorship-enablers, if it comes to that.
Fortunately, Beastrabban is around to put a stop to all that – at least for those who read his criminally-neglected site which you can find here.
He states that the CCA
allows the government to bypass parliament and over-ride existing legislation by having “a senior Minister of the Crown” issue “temporary emergency regulations”, valid for 30-day renewable stretches. It even enables habeas corpus to be over-ridden – as well as the Bill of Rights, the succession ot the monarchy, the five-year time limit on parliaments and the checks on a prime minister’s power to appoint an unlimited number of peers.
Compare this with the behaviour of the Nazis after the Reichstag fire in the 1930s:
[They declared] a state of emergency, and immediately seized power. In the following weeks the other parties and the trade unions were banned, Hitler declared Fuhrer, and the anti-Semitic legislation put in place. Jews, gypsies and political prisoners were rounded up and sent to the concentration camps.
But this cannot be used against the current Labour Party because it was passed by Tony Blair:
Blair was a Thatcherite, and his policies reflected the demands of the right-wing political and industrial elite. He ignored the party’s base in favour of political donors, who were allowed to shape government policy and even staff government departments. He obeyed the City’s demands for light financial regulation, listened to the same right-wing think tanks and private healthcare companies that influenced Peter Lilley and John Major. And he was also guided by the right-wing, Tory press, particularly Murdoch’s vile rags.
Since then, however, the leadership of the Labour party has changed. And Jeremy Corbyn has a very strong record of voting against the government, including Blair’s. If anyone can be trusted to block the operation of this pernicious legislation, it’s him.
If you want further information about the loyalties of Tony Blair…
Blair was also anti-democratic in that he tried to pass legislation establishing secret courts, in which the normal laws of evidence did not apply if the government decided that it was for reasons of national security. The press and public were to be excluded from these trials. Defendants and their counsel need not be told, contrary to natural justice, who their accuser was or what the evidence against them was.
But Blair was not alone in trying to pass this. When they got in, the Tory-Lib Dem coalition actually did it.
And the coalition also removed the right of habeas corpus.
So much for the Tories’ and Lib Dems’ concern to preserve constitutional government and Britons’ historic civil liberties.
That pretty much puts the seal on Tony Blair’s loyalties – and on the reasons we should all ensure Boris Johnson never has a chance to invoke the CCA. Right?
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