The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hail to the Chief

As for our common defence, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake.

So said President Obama in his inauguration speech. The United States has a written Constitution, the United Kingdom does not, but our nations share many fundamental principles in their legal and political systems.
In recent years, driven by fear of terrorism and of crime this country has almost casually tossed aside many of the ancient and hard-won freedoms that our fathers enjoyed.
I sincerely hope that one day soon my country will again be led by those who understand and value our ancient liberties, and who, like President Obama, will not sacrifice our ideals for expediency.
Good luck, Mr. President.