It’s The Constitution, Darling

So Alistair Darling doesn’t like written constitutions…

“I’m innately suspicious of written constitutions. A written constitution without the resources to back it up is hot air.”

One wonders if he brought up his grave concerns on the matter here…


I’d have some sympathy with him there. These people showed blatant disregard for a written constitution as well, and they were the dear friends of the Government with which Darling was so heavily involved.

Did he bring it up here when he met these people…


That’s him with his chum Barroso by the way, and Merkel of course. I wonder if he warned them about the grave dangers he sees in the idea of a written constitution and sent them home with tails between legs to rip up the documents of their respective countries. Have they seen the light now and mended their ways?

G8+Financial+Ministers+Meeting+Begins+QaRof6IZtAwlDid he take his international mission to Asia? It would have been worth informing the Japanese not to have a constitution that forbids things like nuclear weaponry and torture. I suppose those kind of things would have just gotten in the way of the New Labour project.

Can’t be having governments that have to abide by the rule of law now, can we?


  1. No wonder he’s suspicious, as it stands now, the unwritten constitution of the UK can be twisted to any purpose that suits him.

  2. In fairness, he’s only suspicious of written constitutions not backed up by resources, by which of course he means the Queen. Neither the US nor Germany has a royal family, and it is debatable whether Japan has a proper one.

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