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Thursday, 10 February 2011

Links and quotes

Two of the first and one of the second. Joining the blogroll and the interesting sites thingy respectively are Down With That Sort Of Thing and Liberty Victoria, while added to the quotes is this one of James Madison, our American cousins' fourth President and often thought of as the Father of the Constitution, particularly that bit of it that is supposed to stop the government getting out of control and using its citizens as doormats. Madison came out with some corkers in his time, but thinking of the widely blogged news (see Dick Puddlecote for example) that in Britain a mother has been cautioned for leaving her 14 year old son in looking after his 3 year old brother for half an hour - quite legally as far as anyone can tell - and that parents are now asking what the actual law is, I felt these few sentences he wrote in The Federalist No. 62 back in 1788 seem apposite.
“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?”
That those words are more than 220 years and three thousand miles from 21st Century Thames Valley doesn't make them any less true.
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