Thursday, 9 September 2010

Bastard Parliament

It's been a fun day for Parliamentary nonsense today.

Chris Bryant, a Labour MP, managed to get an emergency debate held in the House of Commons relating to the phone-hacking allegations, claiming that any attempt to breach the private correspondence of MPs amounted to contempt of Parliament. The matter has been referred to the Standards and Privileges Committee, who are launching an inquiry.

This, in itself, sounds fairly run-of-the-mill, at least in Parliamentary terms. There was some colourful language about the media barons as having 'no predators', and employing 'red-topped assassins' to take out politicians. Chris Bryant even tore into Kay Burley on live TV, which was actually quite entertaining.

One thing Old Holborn pointed out, though - Parliament does have teeth to defend itself in this regard. Contempt of Parliament is a crime, and the court to which you are presented to face charges is Parliament itself, which has the power to imprison you. Indefinitely.

The reason for this? Well, Parliament once sat as a court to execute a King. 500 years ago.

So, let this be a lesson to you. Don't get in the way of Parliament. That little brown building on the banks of the Thames can act as a court, creates the law and forms the Government.

In other words, it is judge, jury and executioner.  And if you piss them off, they can fuck you up.

What a bastard.