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Humpty Dumpty government

We recently posted about the debate between freedom of conscience and equality before the law in the Catholic adoption "gay opt-out" row. We now learn from Christopher Booker's column what we had suspected: The EU was behind the law. What we did not know, and Booker makes clear, is that the British government has made the law mean what it wants it to mean. Apparently the EU law only dealt with employment and occupation. It was the British government that decided it would apply to adoption, too. Having so little power over EU directives, this was one way it could throw its weight around.

You recall we celebrated Lewis Carroll's birthday the other day. It is too bad to see the government become a caricature of Humpty Dumpty, particularly given Humpty Dumpty's fate:

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master - that's all."

Fortunately, no matter how bad government gets, a British writer will have already described it.

George Orwell is here.