"Sed fortuna, quae plurimum potest cum in reliquis rebus tum praecipue in bello, parvis momentis magnas rerum commutationes efficit; ut tum accidit."

C. Iulius Caesar - Commentarii de Bello Civili Bk III.68

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Now an irrelevant court

Mention has been made of the need for a constitutional court. Sadly since we are currently encumbered by this wretched and ineffective constitution, it is no surprise that the proposed remedy to all the inconsistencies is a court. Never mind there was no such beast in ancient Rome, since there was no constitution, the monster needs to be controlled so lets create a superfluous and irrelevant group and call it a court

If I take a potato and call it a carrot and paint it red, what is it? It remains a potato. Taking a bunch of butchers, bakers and candlestick makers in Nova Roma and putting them on a Yahoo list and calling the list a court is nonsensical. You can’t make someone into a lawyer or a judge by giving him a title. You can’t imbue him with the skills necessary to analyse legal documents, or in our case one that purports to be a legal document.

Therefore why do we need to call the Yahoo list or email list that will be created to service this collection of well meaning amateur Rumpoles, a court? Simply, because it increases the measure of self-importance some people attach to their functions in Nova Roma.

Despite all the best efforts of our future Judges, they will remain a humble bag of potatoes.