Monday, December 01, 2008

And talking of democracy being undermined ...

... here is a story that appeared in the Telegraph a few days ago, that my colleague covered some time back (though to be fair The Times was writing about it then as well). This time it has been noted by Rick Moran on American Thinker as well.

As my colleague wrote in September:
If there was any more evidence needed that the climate change scam has become precisely that – a vast money-making scam – turn to: The Times today (business section) for an interview with Chris Osborne, "boss of the LECG consultancy".

The egregious Chris is touting the idea that there should be an International Court of the Environment in London, which should become "the supreme legal authority for settling issues regarding harm to the environment". Apart from another boost to tranzie ambitions, this would, of course, provide another generous income stream for high-priced city lawyers - as well as jobs for
the LECG "experts".
In the Telegraph story, the idea has moved on a bit. We now have lawyers calling for that International Court for Environmental Crimes. Well, they would, wouldn't they. Lawyers, generally speaking, will always call for more power being given to them as well as greater funds that they can play around with and not be accountable for.
The innovative idea is being presented to an audience of politicians, scientists and public figures for the first time at a symposium at the British Library.

Mr Hockman, a deputy High Court judge, said that the threat of climate change means it is more important than ever for the law to protect the environment.

The UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland this month is set to begin negotiations that will lead to a new agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol in Copenhagen next year. Developed countries are expected to commit to cutting emissions drastically, while developing countries agree to halt deforestation.

Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, has agreed the concept of an international court will be taken into account when considering how to make these international agreements on climate change binding. The court is also backed by a number of MPs, climate change experts and public figures including the actress Judi Dench.

Mr Hockman said an international court will be needed to enforce and regulate any agreement.
I am, as it happens, a great admirer of Dame Judi Dench's but whether she plays Chekhov or comedy in "A Fine Romance" she is not somebody whose views on matters legal and political can be of the slightest interest to the rest of us.

I would, however, like to know which MPs are backing this latest proposal for undermining national, constitutional, accountable democracy and whether they have been bloviating recently on the subject of Damien Green.