Secretary’s report – January 2005
So there was that House of Lords judgement, saying “This law is an infamous piece of work that threatens the civil structure of our society.” And our national derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights is improperly founded. Oh, was I delighted! Not often you feel like shouting “Good for you, people!” about a bunch of lawyers, is it?
And there was the government saying, “Yer, well, we’ll have a think about it and maybe get around to changing some bits when we have time from telling the Nay-shun how wonderful we are and why we should be reelected.” Makes you boggle, doesn’t it? that any government can be so cavalier about a judgement from our highest court. I nearly wrote its highest court; but thank goodness, the House of Lords made it abundantly clear that it is by no means the governments court, nor should it be. Isn’t it amazing, the effrontery and shameless behaviour of this bunch of – oh, hell, this is a family Newsletter so I’d better restrain my language. Let’s just call them a bunch of New Labour politicians, and leave it at that.
Did you notice that there’s a plan to make it illegal to
More serious stuff. You will, I hope, have noticed that at very
long last there’s a prospect of the release of the
I am writing of course of Bisher
Al-Rawi, “the forgotten man”, 20 years resident of
Kingston - and 2 years internee (extra-legal category) of Guantanamo
Bay having been hoisted from his reasonable and legal business affairs in the
Gambia, bounced around the globe via jail in Afghanistan and finally dumped in
that horrible place. Mr Al-Rawi has lived in our town for some 20 years, and his family are
I wonder what they now think of the government of their adopted country.