The expression ‘rule of law’ is regularly appropriated by those pushing socialist agendas. They do this for two reasons: firstly, to claim legitimacy for concepts averse to freedom, and secondly, to weaken the concept of the rule of law itself by rendering it meaningless. For example, the 1959 Declaration of Delhi, written by a group calling themselves the ‘International Commission of Jurists’, defined the rule of law as, “the establishment of the social, economic, educational and cultural conditions, which are essential to the full development of the individual’s personality.”

Such a conclusion could be more easily discerned from a pattern of tea leaves than from the three words ‘rule of law.’

This article is an extract from the book ‘Principles of Good Government’ by Matthew Bransgrove