Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Ben Brogan on Harriet 'Court of Public Opinion' Harman

All rise! The court is now in session. Those supporting old-fashioned notions such as the rule of law can get out now...

Mr Brogan reports in his blog:

Emerging from my weekend wilderness, I've been trying to work out why Harriet Harman's "the law is what we say it is" policy sounds so familiar. Where have we heard this sort of nonsense before? And then I spotted the photo of Robert Mugabe stuffing birthday cake into his face. Of course! A quick spot of Google, and here it is:

"It might be enforceable in a court of law, this contract, but it's not enforceable in the court of public opinion and that's where the Government steps in." Harriet Harman.

"We are no longer going to ask for the land, but we are going to take it without negotiating" Robert Mugabe.

"It may be necessary to use methods other than constitutional ones." Robert Mugabe.


dNo said...

Interesting results from googling "law is what we say it is.."
"The Law, Like Terrorism, is `Whatever We Say It Is'" is an excerpt from a tape-recorded talk by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the RCP, USA, in the aftermath of September 11 and in the context of the war launched by the U.S. government, focused initially against Afghanistan.
It's the Edwin Meese line--the former Attorney General under Reagan--he actually articulated this at one point when he said, "Well these people wouldn't be on trial, we wouldn't be accusing them, if they weren't guilty."

If you are wondering what the RCP is - which right wing neo-Con fascists.... well its the American Revolutionary Communist Party, probably one of the Coalition of the Willing's more surprising members!

kg-b said...

Having recently seen the excellent Frost/Nixon film (apologies JM if it hasn't reached your parts, but I think you know what happens) here's another one:

"when the President does it that means it is not illegal"