Sunday, 1 March 2009

892 - This Is Not A Political Blog...

...but what the heck does Harriet Harman mean by this quote about Sir Fred Goodwin and his overwheeningly fat pension?

"And it might be enforceable in a court of law, this contract, but it is not enforceable in the court of public opinion and that is where the government steps in."

Does the government really govern by rating public opinion over the rule of law? Did it step in over Iraq? Does it over the death penalty? No (I hope) and no and no.

So there is no consistency to this argument at all, and unless it is argued out properly, through parliament and the courts, acting on it could be perceived as an abuse of power.

Not a political blog, but I lean leftwards, just so that you know where I'm coming from.


lunarossa said...

Strangely enough, when I was watching the news yesterday I was struck by the same sentence. How can an act of Parliament be changed so easily on the base of the public opinion? Well, this is maybe possible in Italy where at the moment the democracy has been set aside for the greater good of our corrupted PM, but in Britain?

Steve Lancaster said...

It's the blatant inconsistency that I ... grrr.

Who'd be a politician?