The legislature legislates, the judiciary adjudicates: doesn’t Cameron understand this?
The manner in which Sharon Shoesmith was dismissed was unfair. That is the finding of the courts. But according to the BBC:
…Prime Minister David Cameron has made it clear that he has a real problem with this decision because he believes elected ministers should be the ones who make key decisions about their departments.
“For the prime minister it is about accountability,” [BBC political correspondent Robin Brant] said. “It’s about elected ministers deciding if people like Sharon Shoesmith are doing a good or bad job. He doesn’t think it should be up to judges.”
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We are being told that Cameron considers this to be a constitutional issue. If so, how sad it is that the prime minister of the United Kingdom has so little knowledge of the constitution of the United Kingdom. He, as the key member of the executive, plays a pivotal role in making the law. But it is the responsibility of the courts to interpret the law. That’s what they have done. If he doesn’t like it, his responsibility is to make a new law – not to usurp the role of the courts.
At best this is ignorance. At worst it is a power grab. I fear both. But the latter is the more dangerous.