Last refuge of scoundrels and all that:
Three Labour MPs being investigated for expenses fraud are arguing that they should not be prosecuted because their suspect claims are covered by parliamentary privilege.
The MPs have hired legal experts to assert that the 1689 Bill of Rights protects them from prosecution.
I really do hope that they win as well.
For if they do win it means that the Bill of Rights remains the law of the land. Which means:
That all grants and promises of fines and forfeitures of particular persons before conviction are illegal and void;
That the current practice of freezing someone\’s assets so that they cannot hire lawyers to defend themselves is illegal.
That Harriet Harman\’s idea of seizing the assets of suspected drug dealers on arrest is illegal.
Both of which would be definite improvements to the current situation.
Yes, sure, I\’d let a few scumbags hide behind the law to recover those ancient freedoms.
Good luck to the boyos.