There is no such thing as British law

Odd, in all of this fuss over about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s comments on sharia law to see the Prime Minister’s spokesman stating that “British law would be based on British values”. The BBC kept banging on about it as well.

I know that Mr Brown has been very keen on pushing the idea of Britishness recently (probably to deflect the suspicion of his Scottishness which a good many voters – unsurprisingly, given the manifest unfairness of devolution, and the failure to sort out the West Lothian Question – seem to have).

But surely he, as a legislator and a Scot, must have a passing awareness of the fact that there is no such thing as British law, and never has been.

English and Scots law are remarkably different on all sorts of issues (down to things like the number of people on a jury – there are 15 in Scottish criminal trials – and possible verdicts: not proven doesn’t exist south of the border).

And there are an awful lot of Muslims in Scotland.



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