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?