Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Bastard Parliament V: MPs in the Dock

Common sense at last.

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that parliamentary privilege cannot be used to secure immunity from prosecution for criminal offences.

As a result, three former Labour MPs - David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine - will stand trial for false accounting, and further charges brought against others will not be able to delay or avoid them.

This does set an important legal precedent, but falls short of the constitutional reforms deeply needed. Parliament itself still reserves judicial powers - it can still act as a Court. They're still bastards. Fortunately, in this instance, the Law Lords have decided not to join them.