Quote - You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting


"You see," my colleague went on, "one doesn’t see exactly where or how
to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse
than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the
next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others,
when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. You
don’t want to act, or even talk, alone; you don’t want to ‘go out of
your way to make trouble.’ Why not?—Well, you are not in the habit of
doing it. And it is not just fear, fear of standing alone, that
restrains you; it is also genuine uncertainty.


An excerpt from

They Thought They Were Free

The Germans, 1933-45

Milton Mayer


Protect ALL of the people from the will of SOME of the people. Democracy not electoral dictatorship, majority rule within framew

In 1997, when I tutored on the Constitutional Law course at Liverpool Uni and was only ever a chapter of the book ahead of my students, the chapter on “Conventions” floored me. Coming from Germany, this way of securing democracy seemed positively insane.

Found on film: the last survivor of the final slave ship from Africa to the US

Found on film: the last survivor of the final slave ship from Africa to the US https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/slave-redoshi-sally-smith-...

Her name was Redoshi. They took her from Africa, and probably forced her to become a child bride so she would fetch a higher price in the US as one half of a “breeding couple”.

The overseers beat her if she failed to understand English. She passed on the language of her African homeland to her children and grandchildren anyway.

Even as an old woman, she kept the memory of home alive, decorating her Alabama yard as they did in west Africa, keeping the old spiritual beliefs beneath her Christianity.

Shoaib M Khan on Twitter: "Lord Bingham: "Which of these rights would we wish to discard? Are any of them trivial or unnecessary

So how long has Canada had reading of rights?

Looking up history of Kojak on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kojak#Cultural_impact came across ...

In Canada, some Canadians were concerned that the show left an impression in Canadian youth that they had rights, such as to be informed of an offense, and that it depicted American police reading people their rights in accordance with the [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_v._Arizona]Miranda ruling[/url]. In his 1980 book [i]Deference to Authority: The Case of Canada[/i], American sociologist Edgar Fredenberg who came to Canada in the early 1970s to avoid the draft was concerned that Canadians were more upset over depictions of Americans practising their civil rights on a TV show dealing with civil rights issues than that they did not have those rights.

Cameron: Government and I specifically promised was that there should be no closures or reorganisations unless they had support

So the Judiciary have noticed that the current government doesn't follow the law and doesn't keep its promises

Give the Devil the benefit of the law?

Robert Bolt:

Roper: So now you’d give the Devil benefit of law!

More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

Roper: I’d cut down every law in England to do that!

More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast– man’s laws, not God’s– and if you cut them down—and you’re just the man to do it—do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake.

A Man for All Seasons

Thanks to http://www.ministryoftruth.me.uk/2013/07/24/cameron-porn-advisors-websit... for the reminder...

Last para of Entick v Carrington 1765… shows how jealous of our liberties we once were. Now we shrug shoulders at GCHQ



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