two plus two equals five…

“An Act of Parliament can do no wrong, though it may do several things that look pretty odd,” Chief Justice Holt stated in a case in 1701. In the UK, where there is no written constitution, Parliament is the supreme power. It can pass any law it wishes. No law it passes, however silly, can be invalidated by reference to some higher law. As another judge said in 1917, Parliament, if it wished, could pass a law saying “two plus two equals five”.1


1. Slapper, G., 10 Classic legal aphorisms

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