The Kensington Review

11 January 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 5
Alito Says Judges Obligated to Rule of Law, Not Justice -- US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, Jr., gave the Senate Judiciary Committee his opening statement on Monday, and it was followed by questioning that went round and round to no apparent purpose. The man is a conservative, he is a perfectly qualified jurist, and he likely deserves confirmation. What is disturbing is his view that “The judge’s only obligation, and it’s a solemn obligation, is to the rule of law.” What of justice?

Iran Breaks UN Seals on Nuke Plant -- Yesterday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran had removed the seals from its Natanz research site, re-embarking on a nuclear program that theoretically could result in an Iranian nuclear weapon. The bad news is that this has happened. The good news is non-existent.

European Court Rules Airlines Must Pay When Planes are Delayed -- The European Court of First Instance has decided that delayed flights merit compensation to those travelers who are inconvenienced, upholding rules that entered into force in February. One would have thought this was obvious, but business tried hard to prevent the ruling. Mercifully, there are people in the EU who care about service as much as profits.

Million Little Pieces May Rest on Lies -- James Frey’s book Million Little Pieces outsold everybody but J K Rowling last year. Oprah Winfrey’s book club selected it in September as the group’s choice read. Now, there are allegations that much of the memoir was embellished to the point of being outright lies. How very appalling, a writer making stuff up.

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