Just Law Hardcover – 4 Mar 2004
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"Remarkable - a passionate, cogent and eloquent defence of the idea of law as the framework for a just society... Vitally important"
'Comes the hour. Comes the book. If Kennedy can't stir a reaction, then nobody can' Observer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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So supposed miscreants can be put away for a substantial time on the lesser degree of proof. There has already been evidence of neighbours using the procedure to get back at people they dislike. Kennedy sees this as unjust yet it has hardly been noticed yet alone discussed in the media.
Other subjects she discusses are imprisonment without trial in terrorist crimes and the divulging of past offences to a jury before they consider their verdict in a court case. All her arguments are based on long-established tenets of our judicial system. Tony Blair says that the balance is tipped too far against the victims of crime. What he does not say is that the accused are innocent until proved guilty.Read more ›
The unjust treatment of Black and ethnic minorities by the police force, especially in the larger urban areas, is also well worth the read.
In "Just Law", Kennedy begins by looking at eighteen "inroads into our liberty" - the disturbing propensity for Blair's Ministers to question the law, seek to override it, and establish executive powers of their own. On the one hand, the Westminster Parliament has signed up to the human rights agenda, on the other, the Cabinet seems determined to keep liberties circumscribed and under its control. Of course, a Prime Minister who is prepared to lie about the reasons for war in Iraq and simply ignore public opinion is a politician who is more interested in having his way than leading the way.
Kennedy points out that Blair is not a liberal - she identifies a strong authoritarian dynamic in his personality and politics. He is obsessed by spin, obsessed with giving everything a rosy feel. He wants to be seen as a nice guy. But he's on his way to creating 1,000 new criminal offences since coming to power and has demonstrated an ability to orchestrate the tabloid headlines to press for new laws and new powers to fight ... well, whoever he identifies as the cause of the next moral panic he leads.
Kennedy demonstrates that law is ultimately about politics. It is also about values and rights, and if we submit to the bullying and allow the politicians to write laws to safeguard and promote their own powers, we shouldn't be surprised if our own rights are eroded.
A disturbing analysis from a very bright, passionate, and determined lawyer, one which deserves a wider reading.
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Helena Kennedy's book gives a different perspective to the 'establishment' view on law.
It is an eye opener and gives an insight on how the general public can be misled
I bought this book on the off chance, I had heard Helena on the radio and she just simply impressed me so much. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2006 by Mirrie
This is a second rate effort from someone who should know better. The book carries all the hallmarks of having been thrown together in great haste, as evidenced by the large number... Read morePublished on 1 May 2005