Category Archives: Liberty

No Practical Significance

‘There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.” The words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German writer, poet, and philosopher, inter alia. And while poets and philosophers naturally take that view, others do … Continue reading

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Free Elections

“The English think they are free. They are free only during the election of members of parliament.” The words of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and the sort of slightly disparaging remark one might expect of a French philosopher when gazing wistfully across … Continue reading

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Misunderstood

“The public think the politicians don’t know or care about their lives; and the politicians feel misunderstood.” The words of Tony Blair, so take them as you will, but perhaps the politicians are understood only too well, and folk have … Continue reading

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Consequences

“Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.” The words of Robert Louis Stevenson. That that banquet should also include just desserts seems a given. And when it comes to certain plans on EU funding, the Polish … Continue reading

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Reinstatement

“What is it that makes us trust our judges? Their independence in office and manner of appointment.” The words of John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States from 1801 to 1835, the longest serving Chief justice in Supreme court history … Continue reading

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Restitution

“As for restitutions, to nobody in particular do I owe any, but as for those I owe to the realm, I hope in the mercy of God.” The words of Louis XIV, the passing of the glories of whose reign … Continue reading

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Return

“Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again.” The words of Ovid which, since we have yet to develop time travel, remain as true now as ever they were. And … Continue reading

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Rejection

“The rule of law means that law and justice are upheld by an independent judiciary. The judgments of the European Court of Justice have to be respected by all. To undermine them, or to undermine the independence of national courts, … Continue reading

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President

“A President’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.” The words of Lyndon B. Johnson which probably apply not only to presidents of the United States, but to presidents elsewhere and, indeed, … Continue reading

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New Constitution

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” The words of Abraham Lincoln. He was, of course, describing the constitution of the United States, but the principle still holds … Continue reading

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