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Bugger democracy

November 19, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Speaking to the CBI today, Big Dave let slip two things: that despite his Oxford education he lacks an Oxford education; and that he’s an authoritarian at heart.

Let’s get rid of the education bit first. Suggesting that his government had been both tough and radical, he added, “But there’s something else you desperately need from us, and that’s speed because in this global race you are quick or you’re dead.” Boris, several notches up on the IQ ladder, would never make this mistake: you can never, ever be anything but either quick or dead – and I suggest Big Dave revisits Oxford (sans Bullingdon) to understand the true meaning of ‘quick’.

Real live hint from Merriam-Webster:

Merriam Webster

The root meaning of ‘quick’

The second issue is just as worrying. Big Dave wants to limit the use of judicial reviews in order to make business more streamlined.

The Minister stands on a platform like this and announces a plan then that plan goes through a three month consultation period there are impact assessments along the way and probably some judicial reviews to clog things up further.

So one of the things he’s going to do is cut back on judicial reviews to make business more lively. That, my dear, is non sequitur (in my day, but not I think in Dave’s, you had to have Latin to get into Oxford – dumbing down started a lot earlier and spread a lot further than they like to pretend). Since two-thirds of judicial reviews relate to asylum and immigration, and they all tend to relate more to the fairness of procedures than the implementation of proposals, it will do little to streamline The Minister’s plans. What it will do, of course, is limit the embarrassment of the courts ruling against the government when Minister does more than or different from his plans.

Now, just in case it’s not clear where he’s going on this, the next thing he is going to do is reduce government consultations. So, firstly he’s going to ask our opinion less frequently whenever The Minister wants to build a high-speed rail link through our living room; and then, when he builds a four lane motorway through the kitchen as well, we are going to find it much harder to get a judicial review into the misuse of planning agreements by The Minister.

All of this is in the name of streamlined business – or in the immortal words of the Bard when King Lear explained his actions, “Bugger democracy”.

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