The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

Further ‘progress’ in the erosion of due process

Posted by rantingkraut on July 18, 2006

Some time back, the New Labour government has passed a law to confiscate the property of those suspected but not convicted of a crime. This is now to be complemented by ‘super ASBOS’, supposedly targeted at crime bosses:

The proposed SCPO would be like an anti-social behaviour order in setting out restrictions on the movements and contacts of an individual. It could even specify how much cash a suspect was allowed to carry.

It should be clear what this –and countless similar measures- are beginning to add up to. We will be left with a system which allows government to arbitrarily restrict anything which anyone, not least any politically inconvenient person, can do. Little or no evidence of any wrongdoing will be needed and with an increasingly wide definition of criminal behaviour there will always be some incriminating evidence available.

A consultation paper on new measures for tackling organised crime estimates that there are at least 1,000 gang leaders and their minions who regard themselves as above the law.

Considering themselves above the law? If law is understood in the sense of Nomos, by Hayek’s definition, the PM and his government should fall into this category.


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