Lord Pannick on the streets of London

24 Sep

So the Supreme Court has delivered its brutal verdict. The prorogation of Parliament was completely unlawful and now, in effect, never happened. Parliament is officially still in session. The same Parliament that has stupendously failed to solve Brexit…

Supreme Court Rule Prorogation Was Illegal

24 Sep

The Supreme Court has landed an historic constitutional blow to executive power and ruled the prorogation was illegal.  Parliament will now have to be recalled. More on this as we get it… What happens now? Lady Hale has declared the Privy Council decision was also illegal and therefore quashed. The prorogation is void and Parliament has not […]

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McCluskey’s Car Crash Attempt To Bully Media at Labour Conference

24 Sep

Yesterday evening, the Unite General Secretary flat out denied a Jon Lansman quote put to him by Sky’s Beth Rigby. “Jon Lansman never said that. Stop telling lies. You should be ashamed of yourself. You should be ashamed of yourself. You should be ashamed of yourself.” But Jon Lansan did say exactly what Rigby quoted. […]

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How little we know: reflections on our ignorance of the EU

24 Sep

Both Leavers and Remainers are almost equally ignorant about the workings of the EU. Dorothy Bishop (University of Oxford) looks at research into how cognitive biases influence people’s opinions of the Union, and questions whether, given how little voters knew, the referendum was valid. As a Remainer, I am baffled as to what Brexiteers want. If you ask them, as […]

NCA Concludes Banks Didn’t Break Law

24 Sep

The National Crime Agency has concluded that Arron Banks and Leave.EU did not commit a criminal offence after the Electoral Commission referred allegations to them. The NCA has full access to bank transactions and found nothing illegal or untoward. Carole Cadwallader’s absurd conspiracy theories have once again been found to have zero credibility – she should […]

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Jeremy Hunt: 21 Rebels Must Accept Boris has a No Deal Mandate

24 Sep

Jeremy Hunt has returned to our airwaves this morning, appearing on Radio 4’s Today in his first interview since his post-leadership election holiday. Boy, how we missed the charismatic interventions of this political titan… Whilst the interview focussed mainly on the tensions with Iran, Hunt did proffer some thoughts on Boris’s expulsion of 21 rebels for […]

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Labour’s Brexit policy – text of the motions backed by the party conference

24 Sep

The Labour Party conference yesterday agreed a policy on Brexit that would see a future Labour government negotiating a new deal with the EU, which would then be put to the country in a referendum against the option of Remain. However, the party will go into any forthcoming general election without a position as to […]

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Two cheers for hypocrisy: when politicians believe in their own lies

24 Sep

Lying to others is part of the political game, and so is hypocrisy, lying to oneself; but hypocrisy can take politicians down one of two very different roads, argues Charles Turner (University of Warwick). According to Leszek Kołakowski, we should not knock hypocrisy, because the hypocrite will often put admirable principles onto the public agenda. This is a virtue in […]

Spotlight #3 – IRA fundraising, arms shipments, a priest’s lack of repentance, and the slow shift from the armalite to the ballot box #TheTroubles (9pm Tue 24 Sep on BBC One NI and BBC Four)

24 Sep

The third episode of Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History includes an interview with former parish priest Patrick Ryan who looks back on his times organising weapons shipments to Ireland, saying that he has “big regrets … I regret that I wasn’t even more effective … I would like to have been much more effective that I was … but we didn’t do too badly.”

Is there any rule the Remainers aren’t willing to break in their bid to overturn Brexit?

23 Sep

Whether it was Clive Lewis scrambling to the Speaker’s chair for one last media gimmick before prorogation, Dominic Grieve scribbling a quick motion to undermine individuals’ human rights, or the Speaker himself tearing up every long-standing rule of the House of Commons and abandoning any pretence at impartiality in order to help Remainers in every […]

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Labour and Brexit: clarity at last

23 Sep

Labour just had a vote at their party conference to decide on their Brexit policy. On a close show of hands, the party voted not to have a policy on Brexit until after the next general election, and – we promise you we’re not making any of …