Carl Gardner, author, Head of Legal

Opinion: MPs who flout the law are not fit to be in Parliament

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  • Don't the parliamentary privilege rules only cover when "without malice"? It seems to me, though I may be wrong on this point, Hemming's revelations have been with malice, particularly the recent one about the footballer (I believe the injunction is still in place though could be wrong on that point too).

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  • The point is the "publically" bit of the rule of law.
    John Hemming was entirely right to name the "footballer" because the law was being executed secretly.

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  • In a world where MPs consistently abided by the law, they'd have no job... their entire vocation is predicated on taxation, i.e. an act of theft.

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