The above four gentlemen from left to right, Lord Hanningfield, Mr. Elliot Morley, Mr. David Chaytor and Mr. James Devine. They may well become known collectively as “the fiddling four.” This is because today the Crown Prosecution Service announced that it was preferring charges of false accounting under the Theft Act against this member of the House of Lords and these three members of the House of Commons.
There will when the case is heard a delightful and piquant irony here as these four men will, in an attempt to preserve their liberty have their counsels argue that they are subject to Parliamentary Immunity and seek to invoke the ancient privilege that the Crown cannot impose its will on the workings of the Lords and the Commons. To quote Speaker Lenthall, “I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak, in this place, save as the House is pleased to direct me.”
Of course in theory the four men are correct. In practise however their strategy will fail as the courts have over the years been suborned into passivity as those masquerading as a lawful government of this realm have progressively handed the government of the country over to a foreign power, the European Union.
Of course the true court three of these men should face is their constituents at an election but all three are not going to contest their seats.
There is another aspect of this sorry affair that serves to illustrate the decline of this formerly sovereign realm. That is the increase disconnect between the governors and the governed. Should these four men be convicted and imprisoned, they will have very little sympathy from the public. The British public as a rule do not have a high opinion of their MPs. Many would say: “With good reason!” It would however be instructive to examine this a little further.
It is the opinion of the British Gazette that over the years there has been a divergence of attitudes in the way the world is seen between governors and governed. Today the political elite are largely a politically correct bunch of career politicians keen to hang their coats onto the politically “in thing” of the day – presently the climate change agenda. The governed on the other hand have been far more conservative (small “c”) in their attitudes and have often been condemned by the elite for their “reactionary attitudes.” Small wonder then that the turnout at elections is so low – as well as the esteem in which the MPs are held.