We live under a judicial system that is over a thousand years old, it is derived from common law and laws made and placed into statute, by those people elected to Parliament to make such laws. It is not perfect but it is tried and tested and is constantly re tested as it knows that it has to be a moveable feast and reactionary to the changing ways in which we live.
Parliament is sovereign in their law making, (I know that the EU has played a large part in our recent laws and statutory instruments, but that is another argument and topic). Our Police force tasked by us to apply the law and it is important to note that application of the law is by the consent of the people, are the only body tasked with that application.No one else is appointed by the people. It is a valuable and enriching concept that we are policed by consent.
It follows from the foregoing that if someone comes to live here, engage in citizenship and embrace all that this wonderful nation has to offer, it is a simple matter of fact and beyond question that they should submit themselves to our rule of law. They must obey our common and statute law and our moral and ethical ways of behaviour. It should not even be questioned that our judicial system is sovereign to the whole nation.
If a body of people who have settled here or live here because of birth decide they no longer wish to be ruled in totality by our judicial system then we have a problem. If that grouping decide they wish to follow a system of law based on a faith, a system of law that is totally at odds with our common, statute law and our moral and ethical thinking we have a very big problem.
Before anyone starts throwing the racist label at me, nothing could be further from the truth. I am simply examining a situation which is in place, and being allowed to grow and flourish without question.
Sharia law is a system of judiciary embraced by the Muslim faith, it is most certainly prejudiced against women. It calls for beatings as a punishment. In its most extreme form it calls for hangings and stoning to death. Sharia courts have been allowed to be held up and down the country, there is no overseeing of these courts, no regulation and no monitoring. Divorce is mostly dealt with for now by a panel composed usually entirely of men. But this is just the thin edge of the wedge.
There are also sharia street patrols, mainly in London for now but nonetheless ‘patrols’. These are composed of men wearing hi viz tabards patrolling the streets of their community. Just what their purpose is,is unclear. However they can only be described as vigilantes, given that they have not been sanctioned by anyone, they have no powers of arrest and detention. As such it begs the question that if a group of non- Muslim men were ‘patrolling the streets’ of their local community would they would be stopped.
An important note here is that if they did physically stop someone and attempt to detain them, it could be argued that that is an assault on the person, as soon as they lay hands on someone. This could and undoubtedly will lead to all sorts of potential problems and allegations.
The other bigger potential problem lies in the fact that, if a grouping of people wish to no longer subject themselves in entirety to our judicial system and are therefore allowed to follow a different system of rules, moral and ethical guidelines it lays the pathway open to other groupings wishing to do the same.
The Polish community in this country is large. As a large ethnic group they could make the claim to reject our judicial system too. They could make the claim that they wish to be judged and governed whilst living here under the auspices of Polish law. The same goes for Romanians, Somalians and so on.
There is for instance a large number of people domicile here from the USA, if they choose to live under the constitution of the USA, their second amendment allows for the bearing of arms……….food for thought, not a stretch either. If we allow one group to live under the laws of another country, faith and moralistic governance we have to allow for other ethnic groupings to follow the same pathway.
This is a problem we as Ukip have to tackle head on, it is not racist, far from it, it could be argued that it would be racist to not allow other ethnic groups to follow suit and reject the laws of this their host country.