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DSD……Nick Clegg goes before Parliament in the UK…..

As the first-ever Deputy Prime Minister from the UK’s Liberal Democratic Party (founded around 1988), Nick Clegg presented Parliament on Monday with some far-reaching, although not novel, proposals for political reform, regional devolution and constitutional change. Some of these ideas had originated during previous governments without reaching full fruitiion.

From the Lib Dem Voice blog:

Nick Clegg makes “impressive” debut at despatch box as Deputy PM, sets out radical political reform plans

By Stephen Tall | Published 7th June 2010 – 9:25 pm

Nick Clegg debuted in front of the House of Commons today in his new role (yes, it is still new: it’s only a month since the election) as deputy prime minister. And he used the occasion to set out how the new coalition government will make good the political reforms radical political reform plans that languished neglected during Labour’s 13 years in government. The government’s plans include:

* A referendum on the Alternative Vote
* The right to recall MPs who break the rules
* Fewer, more equal-sized constituencies
* Making the House of Lords wholly or largely elected
* Fixed five-year parliaments
* Devolving greater powers to the Scottish Parliament by implementing the recommendations of the Calman Commission
* A referendum on devolving more powers to the Welsh Assembly

Nick Clegg’s website excerpts parts of his speech, reproduced below. But if that’s not enough for you then you can read the full debate exchange courtesy of Hansard here.

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June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Government, Law, Media, Men, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

The world moves towards arresting politicans for their actions?

This week a British magistrate issued an arrest warrant for the former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni for alleged war crimes in Garza, that happened in the  beginning of this year…..Livni had cancelled her appearance in the country, weeks before….The magistrate was acting on a request from lawyers defending Palestinian’s “claiming victimhood during the three-week Israeli Offensive.”……

Once the judges actions came to light, the Israeli’s got pissed, and Gordon Brown, the countries Prime Minister,  made a call to Livni to explain the British law and to apologize for the incident, that he actually had little to no control over…..

You see in the United Kingdom things go like this…….

………Although the issuing of criminal charges by judges must involve the attorney general, issuing an arrest warrant does not. Instead, it is up to a magistrate or district judge to consider whether there is sufficient evidence to pursue an arrest. Which means — as in the famous arrest of former Chilean President Augusto Pinoche there in 1998 — you can launch a surprise attack. Which is what the judges tried — and failed — to do with Livni.

No diplomatic immunity from the state government?

Wow..can you image ?…a head of state goes to a summit metting…..gets off the plane…does a review of the colour guard, and at the end….two detectives walk past the head of state ‘s security detail, and cuffs the principal,l and drives off with that person in an unmarked police car????

That’s not the best part….the judge in the Livini case, I guess, never advised the Foreign Office of what he was going to do???

Note:…..Heads of state need to skip London in their travels,  just on general principles……

Note#2:….There are bad people running some countries, but you simply cannot have local, or state judges arresting government officials from other countries, without notifying their foreign secretaries…..

Note #3….the author of the piece (Delia Lloyd)…an American living in London….remarks…..”When I read an opinion piece in Wednesday’s Guardian defending the warrant for Livni’s arrest — it was written by a lawyer representing a Palestinian human rights group in London — I thought that surely the comments section would explode with rage and indignation (as undoubtedly would occur in the U.S.). But the commenters were, if anything, even in more in favor of the warrant than the author.”

Two guys argued with me few days ago about the same basic issue…..people get mad at politicians that act in the name of their country pursuing aggressive actions……we tend to forget…or dismiss this…….

But other people don’t…..

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Government, Law, Media, Military, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments