the appointment of judges is properly a political act, in the broadest sense of the term, and I think it should be done by a political authority.
So I agree with the Government (The Blairs) in preferring a ‘Recommending’ Commission. I think the Commission should give the Secretary of State a real choice, for which he should take a real responsibility. And for my part I think it should always be the Secretary of State – the opportunity should be taken to eliminate the Prime Minister from all appointments below the new Supreme Court, except perhaps that of the Lord Chief Justice.
It seems that someone who is deciding who appoints the judges, and is also permitted to put one over on MPs as regards managing the expenses scandal, is an exceedingly powerful person. His association with Derry Irvine Lord Chancellor is the source of his position, and Irvine was Blair’s man.
However, it is perhaps unfair to complain that this should be the case. Since our economy is rapidly being reduced to third-world status, and whole areas of the country are being turned into third-world ghettos, it is somewhat appropriate that we should have the voting system that goes with the more general mess.