Posted on April 30, 2013 by Robert Kyriakides
The Chief Justice of Sri Lanka used to be Shirani Bandaranayake but she was impeached recently and removed from office. The International Bar Association’ s Human Rights Institute was going to send four lawyers from its Human Rights Institute to investigate the removal of the former Chief Justice, because there were concerns that the impeachment was irregular and motivated by political reasons rather than proper legal reasons. (more…)
Filed under: climate change | Tagged: democracy, democratic nations, freedom, Guantanamo Bay, human-rights, independence of the judiciary, International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, prisoners, rule of law, Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka, sri lankan government | 2 Comments »
Posted on February 12, 2013 by Robert Kyriakides
I see that North Korea has tested a small nuclear bomb underground. We can measure the device quite accurately and it is of some concern that a small nation that can barely feed its people wishes to divert its scarce and precious resources into developing nuclear weapons.
Many countries that cannot feed all their people have nuclear weapons. It seems to be a feature of humanity that we fail to understand what is important and what is not important. perhaps the North Koreans are distrustful of the Western democracies; perhaps they have good cause for such distrust. The experience of the people of Iraq does not inspire people of other nations to have much confidence in the Western democracies. Democracy at home does not prevent a nation from being tyrannical abroad.
We must remember that.
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Posted on January 28, 2013 by Robert Kyriakides
We have to make politicians in democracies less important than they are at present and make the democratic process more important. Of course the democratic will is just as capable of making errors of judgement as politicians. (more…)
Filed under: climate change | Tagged: Chris Patten, corruption, democracy, government, Kinnock, Mandelson, political parties, politicians, politics, voting | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 24, 2013 by Robert Kyriakides
The United Kingdom is getting very excited about the possibility of a referendum to be held some time in the future on whether it should stay in the European Union or leave it. (more…)
Filed under: climate change | Tagged: cry of freedom, democracy, economic damage, economic prosperity, european union, freedom, ottoman empire, politics, referendum | 2 Comments »
Posted on May 4, 2012 by Robert Kyriakides
A number of cities in England have recently held referenda to decide whether they should have a mayor. Some cities want a mayor and have voted accordingly while others have rejected the idea of having a mayor. (more…)
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Posted on April 28, 2012 by Robert Kyriakides
Being religious is not the same as going to church, mosque or synagogue. Being honest is not the same as paying your taxes and avoiding stealing. Having integrity is not the same as behaving in a way that most people praise. Being charitable is not the same as making donations to a registered charity. Being strong is not the same as having the loudest voice and the most powerful body. Doing justice is not the same as following the law. Being democratic is not the same as occasionally allowing people to vote. Being educated is not the same as having read many important books. Being loved is not the same as having love.
Filed under: climate change | Tagged: Charity, democracy, dissimilar similarities, doing justice, integrity, justice, religion | Leave a Comment »
Posted on January 17, 2012 by Robert Kyriakides
In two years time Scotland will hold a referendum about dissolving the Union. It is not yet known what questions will be put to the Scottish people and there is the usual political malarkey about the questions, but it is clear that the referendum will be about independence. (more…)
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Posted on October 17, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
“What do they expect to achieve?” one politician asked. He was talking about the protests in the City of london, and no doubt the would apply the same rhetorical question about the protests in many other capital cities in the developed world inspired by or organised by the Occupy Wall Street Movement. (more…)
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Posted on September 8, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
The United Kingdom is not very united and not much of a kingdom. There is one Parliament which makes laws for the whole country and separate elected parliaments which administer and make laws for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The monarch has very little to do with the making of these laws, but signs off on them as a matter of formality. (more…)
Filed under: law, parliament, Tony Blair | Tagged: democracy, members of parliament, mrs thatcher, parliament, scottish mps, scottish parliament, uk parliament, United Kingdom, welsh affairs, West Lothian Question | 1 Comment »