Some time back, I wrote about the case of the Chagos islanders pursuing their right to return to their homes in the Indian Ocean (https://liverpoolmpa.wordpress.com/2007/05/30/slow-justice/). I was wrong to call it slow justice. It now looks like no justice from the UK. I am no lawyer, but the case has involved the extraordinary use of the royal prerogative to override the courts. If ever there were need for proof that our constitution is arcane and medieval, this appears to be it.
The full judgement can be read at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200708/ldjudgmt/jd081022/banc-1.htm. It is evident that the five judges were split 3:2 on the issue on legal grounds. There appears to be no disagreement as to the injustice being done.
A brief story has been posted on the BBC’s news pages: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7683726.stm. It appears that the European Court of Human Rights may be the next port of call. Doubtless a fuller discusion will follow.