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Abolish Crown Immunity, create a People’s Prosecutor

Comment 6th July 2010

Case law, and most written laws, give immunity to the police or the government. With a few exceptions, from International Human Rights law, this means they can do things that the rest of us can't, and they can't be punished. So a constable can park his squad car on a double yellow line to do a bit of shopping, the local council can throw your rubbish all over the road, soldiers can carry intimidating guns in public places, schools can fingerprint our kids, and of course MPs can fiddle their expenses in the knowledge that only one or two of them will be put forward for investigation.

A new Act should be passed to introduce a principle that What's Sauce for the Goose is Sauce for the Gander : a public person can be prosecuted for doing anything that a private person would be prosecuted for, unless they can justify it objectively; all individual enactments and case law giving unjustified immunity are repealed; and a People's Prosecutor is to be elected, who cannot be a past present or future employee of a public authority.

The People's Prosecutor would have the budget and experience to bring investigations and prosecutions of public persons and bodies in response to any complaint by a private person.

Why does this matter?

"A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny!"
— Thomas Jefferson
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