Friday, February 03, 2006

The Mountain and Mohammed

While Al Jazeera TV will come to Thanet, CNN think it’s a little too far. “It’s closer to Baghdad than you think”, I said “but I’m not coming into central London this afternoon, so you’ll have to find someone else.

Rather like Mohammed and the proverbial mountain there must be a moral in this story somewhere or merely it just confirms that Thanet is indeed at the edge of the known world or at least CNN thinks so.

Staying on the subject of Mohammed and no it’s not anything to do with cartoons – my life expectancy might be measured in days – it’s an interesting story from Dubai, whose ruler of the same name has come up with yet another brilliant idea.

I have a great deal of respect for Sheikh Mohammed, who has dramatically transformed his small sandy strip of real-estate into a middle-eastern powerhouse. On this occasion the idea is a very simple one but it will, I suspect have powerful consequences.

In building the new free trade area in Dubai, he’s putting the entire zone under British Common Law with a British Judge appointed to oversee it. Criminal law will remain under the local jurisdiction and if you know the Emirates or indeed most of the middle-east, crime is minimal because both the law and the extended family deals severely with criminals.

We could try a similar grand experiment here. Declare UDI in Thanet, keep our national Civil Law but introduce Dubai’s criminal legislation for a period and then see if the results are better or worse than we can see in the surrounding conditions today?

Perhaps we should put the proposition to the vote at the next full council meeting? What do you think?

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I remember hearing only a few years ago about an MP who was invited down to the "Isle" of Thanet who asked his secretary to find out the ferry times - not that he was out of touch with current events!
In the 8th century it was reported that the Channel was three furlongs wide - 660 yards (600 m); and a map of 1414 showed a ferry crossing at Sarre. The first bridge over the channel was built there in 1485. Until the mid-18th century there was a ferry between Sandwich and the island; a wooden drawbridge was built, and the ferry was closed.

The combination of those factors meant that, from the 15th century there were only marshes and mudbanks through which the Stour meanders, finally reaching the sea at Sandwich.

Anonymous said...

What you have not mentioned is that Dubai and all middle eastern nations are royal thiefdoms or dictatorships and the opinions frequently expressed here would not be on their web sites as the writers would have had their hands chopped off for voiceing desent about their rulers!!

Viva free speech responsibly used

Steve Kilbee

DrMoores said...

Not completely accurate Steve, although Bahrain has clamped down on weblogs. I'm not discussing free speech here, rather the question of criminal law. I'll be lecturing those same governments on the value of free speech at a conference in Bahrain in a week or so!

Anonymous said...

Steve - I am surprised at you - making racist comments about "all middle eastern nations" like everyone there is all the same stereotype.

Anonymous said...

A further point to demonstate the fact that Steve Kilbee doesn't know what he is talking about - Israel, which is a middle eastern nation, is neither a thiefdom (whatever that is) nor a dictatorship but a democracy.

Also I think the poster (who could possibly be an impostor from the bad spelling) means "voicing dissent" not "voiceing desent".

Anonymous said...

Touché

Steve Kilbee

Anonymous said...

It is mistaken to think that the harsh penalties of Sharia law or its derivatives in the Middle East are responsible for low levels of crime. Whilst punishment can be harsh and a deterrent because it is enforced, the level of morality of the societies concerned is infinitely higher than in our so-called Christian nation. Most muslims I have encountered not only follow the strict regime of prayer, worship and religious observance required by the Koran but actually observe the tenets of their faith in everyday life. Our problem in Thanet is that a significant number of our citizens have no moral code guiding their lives and are in every sense amoral which is a sadder state than being immoral. If we cannot be good Christians then perhaps we should encourage conversion to the Muslim faith. See you at the mosque in Addington Street?

Anonymous said...

Would we be welcome there?
Apart from any other consideration I understand circumcision is necessary to be a Muslim, not sure I fancy it at my age, not much down there anyway.
I agree with the last poster about the amorality in Thanet and that we should have our religion as a way of life, not just something we do for half an hour on Sundays.

DrMoores said...

To be honest, I have seriously considered moving to Dubai on several occasions (following the Beckhams and others perhaps) .. no crime.. no tax and I can assure you circumcision is not a required of domicility!

George W. said...

My Fellow Americainians,

We have this Doctor's address, and me and Mr Tony Baloney, the Prime Minster of Great Brighton, are going to bomb his derriere. He has been conversationing with our sworn enemies, Al Johnson TV, and will, as such, pay the penalty.

These evil dudes will not prevailicate, and we will do everything in our power to detect our cherished beliefs, such as freedominity of speech, even if it means bomberising the merde out of a TV station.

That's what made this country great. God bless Americania.

DrMoores said...

Excellent, I love it! - Al Johnson TV that is! Perhaps we should just call them Al Qaeda TV.. after all David Frost works for them now!

Anonymous said...

Simon
If you ever do decide to depart to Dubai I am compiling a list of people that perhaps you could take with you. They should all be able to enter the country on one passport as they all have the same name, starts with A ends with mouse

Steve Kilbee

DrMoores said...

Do you mean end with "Mous" rather than "Mouse" as I'm not sure they take kindly to the import of rodents at the airport in Dubai.

I first went there in 2001 and stayed at the hotel in the picture as a guest of the government. The luxury and efficiency was a surreal experience.. like being on a different planet!

Anonymous said...

The person posting under the name of Steve Kilbee seems from his posts today to be a selfconfessed racist and bigot, he lumps all Middle Eastern countries in together as non-democracies, and now he wants to deport all people who have a particular family name!
Perhaps he should support the BNP at the next election, not the Conservative Party.
Maybe the Conservative party might make his mind up for him, can't afford the bad publicity of having members with those sort of views.

Anonymous said...

Better to have a view and some humour with a name, its the ones who hide behind the mask of Anonymity we should be scared of

Steve Kilbee

Oliver Cromwell said...

Do not knock anonymity. Thank God there are still places like this site where we can be. Go to Northdown Road and stand making V signs at one of those black lights that TDC never seems to get to change the bulbs in and see how anonymous you can be in Thanet.

Oliver Cromwell.
(I will not hide behide anonymity so there.!)

Anonymous said...

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

William Shakespeare

Anonymous said...

nice photo of portsmouth!

Anonymous said...

I thought it was TDCs replacement idea for the too expensive Turner thingee.