Thursday, August 19, 2004

Schrecklichkeit

According to G&S, the law is the ‘true embodiment of everything that’s excellent, it has no kind of fault or flaw, and I, my lords, embody the law’. That's some POSIWID.

Lord Denning, defender of said POSIWID (and one-time hero of countless first-year law students who knew no better) blew the gaffe on the law’s true POSIWID following the release, after sixteen years, of the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six, two groups wrongly jailed for 1970s IRA bombings. With words to the effect that if ‘they had been hanged, they would have been forgotten and the whole community would have been satisfied’, he left the world in no doubt that, in his opinion, it was not in anyone’s interest for the POSIWID of the law or the police ever to be brought into question.

Denning’s gone now of course but Air Chief Marshall Day-job, referred to below, lives on and with him lives the spirit of Denning. The RAF’s biggest peacetime loss of life was the Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash ten years ago, shortly after which the very same Air Chief Marshall Day, despite a board of inquiry’s findings and against all protocol, declared the dead pilots guilty of gross negligence. To this day it remains the official verdict that the pilots were to blame.

POSIWID demands that it is better that the dead be at fault than admit that the RAF was flying un-airworthy deathtraps that had cost the taxpayer millions of pounds. How Denning would chuckle at that.

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