Posted by Mike on September 15, 2008
Over the past year, many sharia court decisions in the UK have been backed by the force of law. The legal justification is an Act of Parliament which permits courts to enforce arbitration decisions. On the surface, this justification is nothing extraordinary. Many legal systems, including our own, look favorably upon and even encourage alternative dispute resolution. What’s happening in the UK however is not your typical arbitration system.
The types of cases approved by British courts have included not only your run of the mill contract case, but also divorce, inheritance, and even domestic violence cases. Many Brits were outraged earlier this year when the Archbishop of Canterbury claimed that the imposition of Sharia Law was inevitable. I suspect that those who have noticed and bemoaned Britain’s lax attitude toward Islamic extremism in their midst will have a similar reaction to this latest revelation.
I’d like to think Gordon Brown would have something to say about the unprecedented parallel legal system that emerged on his watch. Then again, that might be expecting too much from a Labour Prime Minister who refuses to identify his nation’s enemy and can’t even hold Glasgow East.
Posted in Culture, Europe, Judicial Watch, Religion, UK Politics | Tagged: Britain, Glasgow East, Gordon Brown, Rowan Williams, Sharia Law, Sharia Law in Britain, UK | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Ryan on July 25, 2008
The latest piece from Times Online editor, American Gerard Baker, first came to my attention about an hour ago and it’s a doozy!
His latest op-ed is absolutely awesome. Baker takes the media’s open desire to make Barack Obama the Savior/Messiah and completely pokes fun at those who have this view (he also calls Gordon Brown, Gordon the Leper!) through colorful and biblical-style language. I don’t think the New Yorker crowd will misunderstand this satire, but one never knows. Here’s a sample from the beginning:
“And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.
The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.”
I wish Obama would have “ventured forth” to the wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, but that would have seemed “too political.” The Pentagon simply told him not to bring his media and campaign troglodytes, but he could go as an elected official, rather than a candidate. He chose not to go. However, he made it to the gym though.
Posted in Anything Else, Election 2008, Europe, International Relations, Media Bias, Politics, Religion, The Iraq Front, UK Politics, War on Terror | Tagged: Barack Obama, Gerard Baker, Gordon Brown, Gordon the Leper, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Pentagon, The New Yorker | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Mike on June 15, 2008
Kudos to Ireland for rejecting the EU Constitution in Thursday’s referendum. Although the rejected document was actually titled the “Lisbon Treaty,” voters realized that it was nothing more than the previously-rejected Constitution under a different name. How do we know this? Angela Merkel admitted it last year.
The main question on everyone’s mind at this point is whether EU proponents will find a way to implement their treaty over the objections of their citizens. I’m more interested in Gordon Brown’s position. During the last General Election, the Labour Party promised voters that the UK would not implement the EU Constitution without first obtaining the people’s approval in a referendum. Sensing his country’s opposition to the treaty, Brown ignored his party’s promise and rammed the Lisbon Treaty (EU Constitution) through Parliament without holding a referendum. Thankfully and ironically, the Irish saved British sovereignty for the time being.
Brown has already paid an enormous political price for his arrogance on this issue (and many others). Despite this, he is now desperately searching for some other way of forcing this Constitution upon his unwilling country. Let’s just hope the Cameron’s Conservatives can win the next General Election occurs before this abomination is implemented
Posted in Europe, Politics, UK Politics | Tagged: Angela Merkel, Conservative Party, David Cameron, EU Constitution, Gordon Brown, Ireland, Labour Party, Lisbon Treaty, UK Politics | 2 Comments »
Posted by Mike on May 11, 2008
It’s funny how bias can work. Back when Tony Blair was a slick socialist in the mode of Bill Clinton posing a threat to John Major, I thought Cherie Blair was an insufferable *itch. After what Tony Blair did for the U.S. and the civilized world against a terrorist-harboring regime however, I now find Cherie to be delightful. At least I admit my bias though.
Last week, she provided a hilarious sneak preview of her memoirs.
Posted in UK Politics | Tagged: Cherie Blair, Gordon Brown, Granita Pact, Labour Party, Tony Blair | 1 Comment »
Posted by Mike on May 3, 2008
Our British friends went to the polls in a series of local elections in England and Wales on Friday and the results were an unmitigated disaster for Gordon Brown’s Labour Party. In fact, it was the Conservatives’ best election result in years. The icing on the cake however, was that Boris Johnson defeated Red Ken Livingstone to become Mayor of London.
Although he was recently placed under the Imperius Curse, I’ve always been a Boris Johnson fan. He’s right of center, intelligent, amusing, and will not suffer from the same kind of anti-all-that-is-right-with-the- world diarrhea of the mouth that plagued Mr. Livingstone.
As expected, Conservative Home has great coverage of the elections.
Posted in Europe, UK Politics | Tagged: Boris Johnson, Conservative Party, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Ken Livingstone, Labour Party, Mayor of London, UK Local Elections | 3 Comments »
Posted by Mike on January 27, 2008
I posted this a few days ago but I know some of you had trouble with the Sky video so here is the Youtube version.
Youtube video Hat tip: RedState
Posted in UK Politics | Tagged: British politics, EU Presidency, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, Tories, William Hague | Leave a Comment »