Tuesday, August 09, 2005


There is quite a lot of coverage in the media today of the news that Ken Macdonald, QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, is studying remarks published in the media by three prominent radical clerics to see if a prosecution could be mounted on a charge of treason. On Newsnight yesterday that was talk of how difficult it would be to bring any proceedings under the 1351 Act.

What I can't find any mention of is the fact that the 1351 Act is the relevant law, because in a mind boggling farce, the more recent 1795 Treason Act was repealed in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, without the Government being aware of it. I wrote about this twice, almost whimsically, back in March. (The posts are here and here.)

It doesn't seem quote so funny this morning.

Somthing I've learned from writing this journal daily and commenting occasionally on current affairs, is how thin and unconsidered is the fayre that the media feed us. That must be a big part of how the govenrment can get away with being so incompetent.

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