Making the news

Lord Norton

The media last Thursday tended to concentrate on the publication of the Constitution Committee’s report on the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill rather than on the Lord Chief Justice’s appearance before the committee the previous day.  However, on Friday, The Guardian carried a report on his Lordship’s evidence.  It focused on his criticisms of Schedule 7 of the Public Bodies Bill.   I was called in aid in saying that his comments made the provision unsustainable.  This reflects the readership of Lords of the Blog as the comment derives from my earlier post.

UPDATE: The Lord Chief Justice’s uncorrected oral evidence can be read here.

4 comments for “Making the news

  1. Gareth Howell
    21/12/2010 at 11:42 am

    Lord Judge We have to be very careful that judges cannot get mixed up in the political process . [p8] Too true.

    The relationship between the judiciary and the media is very interesting
    There have been occasions when high court judges have got thoroughly snarled up with the media; I can’t quote a name though.

    should we regard
    ourselves as bound by the decision of our Supreme Court, or should we regard ourselves as
    bound by the decision of the European Court in Strasbourg, Grand Chamber? [p18]

    The latter

    I like the idea that I should come to a parliamentary Committee like this to answer any
    questions that any members have. I am quite willing to come twice a year if that is helpful. [p21]

    I have found the Prime minster’s thrice annual committee appearance in the HofC corridors to be a very useful evolution.
    I hope this will also be so. (I hope the public is as welcome at this committee, as I was in the early days to the PM’s committee evidence session before all the chairmen (committee name supplied).

  2. Senex
    21/12/2010 at 5:12 pm

    It seems the Parliament of Venezuela in a move reminiscent of the creation of Article 48 of the constitution of the German Weimar Republic has granted delegated powers to the president. In effect he will be able to act by decree for 18 months.

    Under Constitution Title V: Organization of National Public Authority, Section 4: Passage of Laws Article 203 Paragraph (8) ‘The State Legislative Council, in the case of laws relating to the States’ has been amended:

    1. In the field of systematic and continuous attention to the vital and urgent human needs resulting from poor social conditions and rainfall, landslides, floods and other events produced by environmental problems. In this regard the introduction of rules governing the modes of action by public authorities or private entities, to disasters, emergencies, natural disasters or other events requiring immediate response measures.

    2. In the field of infrastructure, transportation and utilities. It seeks to make rules carrying out infrastructure works, such as urban development, services, educational and health buildings, roads, ports, airports and optimization of transportation systems.

    3. In the field of housing and habitat. Be taught or reformed rules referred to guarantee the right to adequate housing, safe, comfortable, hygienic and basic services

    4. In the field of spatial planning, comprehensive development and use of urban and rural land. Permitted to make or amend rules to design a new geographical regionalization in some regions, regulate the establishment of new communities and the creation of communes.

    5. In the financial sector and tax. Make rules to bring the public and private financial system to constitutional principles and, therefore, to modernize the regulatory framework for tax areas, tax money, credit, stock market, banking and insurance.

    6. In the field of public safety and legal. Make or amend rules for the organization and operation of public safety, of the police and civil protection.

    7. In the field of comprehensive security and defence. Make or amend rules establishing the organization and functioning of institutions and issues related to safety and overall defence of the Nation.

    8. In the field of international cooperation, issue or amend rules and tools to strengthen international relations of the Republic.

    9. In the field of socio-economic system of the Nation. Make or amend rules to develop the rights enshrined in Title VI of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

    We should count ourselves lucky that ‘Henry VIII’ is now a wiser man.

    Ref: Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
    Title V: Organization of National Public Authority (Art. 186-298)
    President Chávez to legislate for 18 months; the Matters to be delegated:

  3. Gareth Howell
    22/12/2010 at 9:14 pm

    Surprising how good and how bad the governments of South America can be.

    My own prefered govt, Senex is that of Ecuador who have had successively the most foolish and the sagest President worldwide.

    The last one was impeached for Playing Jazz at cabinet meetings or not being there at all
    due to other gig commitments, but once impeached, his successor for the last two or three years makes quite the wisest remarks about UK/US govt policy in Central Asia that I have heard from any Pundit or President.
    He expresses my own opinion about their double dealing, arms dealing, lack of integrity, so succinctly, that I rather wish he would come in this direction and say it again on my behalf.

    It is hard work saying it all myself, with apparently few to support my opinions, apart from the President of Ecuador! and Blagger blags.

  4. Dan Filson
    10/01/2011 at 3:38 pm

    I think all readers should have burst into “Are you lonesome tonight…”

    “It is hard work saying it all myself, with apparently few to support my opinion” – is it really that bad?

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