Sunday, January 28, 2024

"The law is our servant, not our master" Jenrick

When Robert Jenrick MP stated in the House of Commons, during the debate on the Rwanda Bill, "The law is our servant, not our master" he raised an interesting question about who the law serves. When he states it is our servant is he referring to it serving Parliament, the Conservative party or that small neoliberal wing of right wing ideologues seeking to take power. Shouldn't the law serve the people and have the capacity to protect the public from the abuse of power by a small cabal. His comments coincided with an excellent article by Sophie Hill in Computer Weekly and Byline Times "www.computerweekly.com/news/366565690/Russia-hacked-ex-MI6-chiefs-emails-what-they-reveal-is-more-Dads-army-than-deep-state"
The idea of retired Colonel's, spies, civil servants and Spad's sitting around in gentlemen's clubs plotting the subversion of democracy isn't really as shocking as it should be. It's almost as if the 1960's and 70's Lower Sixth from Eton feel they haven't quite realised their perceived potential and still want their turn. It's not surprising to see some of the names, although the mention of David Burnside and Graham Gudgin does illustrate that the tentacles reach far and wide. This may be considered an old man's fantasy, acted out like a game of Dungeons and Dragons, it takes on a more serious tone when one realsises that they still seek to interfere in the governance of our society. James O'Brien's latest work "How They Broke Britain" tells another side of the same story, manipulation of society to deliver for a small selfish group of individuals. When you consider this in the context of Jenrick's statement it's very clear that such a group would find having the law serve them to be a useful weapon in their war on society.

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