And continuing my recent trend of poking Telegraph bloggers with a stick, here's excitable, self-promoting Tory windbag Dan Hannan explaining that us lefties have been far too successful in ensuring that the people of Britain are protected from the excesses of an overly-powerful state.
Don't believe me? Well, Dan wonders "why the courts have a leftist bias", his evidence for this baleful judicial socialism being that judges strike down unlawful deportation orders; that they restrict ministers' ability to impose maximum tariffs on prison sentences and that they overturn ministerial decisions on prisoner releases.
Now this is a pretty odd thing for a self-professed libertarian to be stressing about, since it's theoretically Dan's own political tendency who are supposed to big on restricting ministerial diktats over individuals, but if he's giving away the British liberty flags for free, I'll take 'em.
I don't recall e.g. early release for prisoners featuring heavily in Capital*, nor do I remember anyone saying that the spectre haunting Europe was "judicial activism". Still, I suppose that if Tory libertarians are now bashing the gavel for centralised authority and rule by decree, we should probably leave them to their daydreams of gleaming, freshly-painted panopticons.
Anyway, Dan also somehow manages to confuse "some activist fannies petitioning a court to arrest George Bush" with "George Bush being arrested"; Blames Labour for deliberately encouraging judges to massively inconvenience Labour ministers, and claims that "diversity" is a scam designed to pack the benches with Commies, thus keeping the red flag flying over Britain even while the Tories occupy Number Ten. It's all wacky, tinfoil-hatted stuff but then, this is the Telegraph.
But I do like these claims that the judiciary is full of
socialists. They'll probably come as news to the judges themselves, of course - having spent years around lawyers, I can confirm that the only
kind of politics most have any interest at all in are green politics, if you know what I'm getting at.
It's all about as serious and dignified as a big rubber dick at a Hen Night but then, I've always thought that if you strapped a pair of vibrating bunny ears to Dan Hannan's feet, he'd closely resemble a gigantic pink sex toy, so it's all in character.
*Mainly because I haven't read it. Have you seen the size of that book? Life's too short.