By LLB Editorial, 01-Apr-2012 13:46:00
In a week when the Coalition Government has demonstrated the power of their words in the wrong way, by sending thousands of motorists to the petrol pumps, llbonline's writers look at power - online, internationally and at home.
Online, Google's informal motto is "don't be evil", Sushant Chari says 'there is scarcely a major activity on the web that Google does not control', and analyses the competition laws that apply to the all powerful search engine.
While google's power extends into popular vocabulary, Lauren Kirchel looks at the role of the ICC in the light of its first judgment and the popular 'Kony 2012' film, an organisation with significantly less clout in practice. She describes it's role as 'a continued fight against uncooperative nations, bureaucratic rigmarole and those under arrest. In achieving these goals the ICC will step towards becoming a revered organisation striking fear into the minds of wanted criminals and bringing justice to those liberated from their tyrannical reign.'
At home, the former Home Secretary, Rt. Hon. David Blunkett MP discusses the consistent approach to terrorism legislation, and the difficult balances that must be struck in managing the constant threats we face, and reminds us that 'whatever the final decision of the Coalition Government, we do not live under the boot of a megalomaniac dictator, a supreme religious leader whose line to Allah brooks no argument, or a totalitarian thug handed down power by his father and oppressing his own people.'
When it comes to the power of courts, governments or companies, 'having these issues aired intelligently, is a sign of the strength of our democracy and not its weakness.' As the Coalition Government over-reacts to the slightest hint of industrial action with calamitous consequences, they should reflect on the power that their words carry, and how they should use them intelligently in future.
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