…from the media’s instant beatification of an Eton-educated descendent of a royal bastard for a couple of minutes, there is something rather more important going on in the High Court at the moment.
Right now there’s a group of ‘Tarzan’s and Man Friday’s’ – that’s precisely how a Foreign Office memo described them back in the 1960’s – fighting to overturn not only one of the most appalling human rights abuses ever carried out by a British Government but an equally appalling piece of legislative chicanery carried out by the current government.
I’m talking, of course, about the Chagos Islanders’ fight to win back the right to some of their home islands after they were illegally taken from them in order to accomodate a US Naval base – one which, its speculated, may be being used for the odd ‘extraordinary redition’ or two.
The Yanks call their base ‘Camp Justice’ which is probably yet another military euphemism for ‘Camp Testicular-Electrodes’
Couple of quick points of fact to clarify here.
Although Her Maj is technically the defendant here, as her royal prerogative powers were used to shaft the Chagossians, the actual process by which orders-in-council are passed is actually…
A conniving slime-ball New Labour Scumbag Privy Councillor stands in front of Her Maj and reads out the title of the order… Note, I said the title of the order – the Chagossians don’t even get the courtesy of Her Maj having to listen to the whole order that’s fucking with their lives.
2. Her Maj says whatever she says on such occasions – ‘yeah, alright then you’ve talked me into, I s’pose’ for all I know or fucking care – and then signs the thing – or more likely it gets pp’d by the Grovelling Keeper of the Royal Biro.
And that’s it – it takes less time for this government to fuck over 4,500 people than it used to take Bush to sign death warrants and the not even any of that messy bullshit about democracy or Parliament to get in the way.
Second little fact for you all – the Coronation Oath,which Her Maj took in 1953 reads, at one point, as follows:
Archbish – “Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the people of this Kingdom of England, and the dominions thereto belonging, according to the statutes in Parliament agreed on, and the laws and customs of the same?”
Her Maj – “I solemnly promise so to do.”
Archbish -“Will you to your power cause law and justice in mercy to be executed in all your judgements?”
Her Maj “I will.”
Which as the expulsion of the Chagossians was ruled illegal by the High Court in 2000 suggests that law, justice in mercy and the Coronation Oath mean just about fuck all these days.
I’ll keep you posted on this as it develops, in the mean time pay a visit to the Disillusioned Kid for some first rate coverage.