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August 29, 2019

Gina Miller to the Courts Again

Lawyers for the campaigner Gina Miller have made an urgent application to the high court for a judicial review of Boris Johnson’s plan to prorogue parliament, in the first shot in what will be an intense battle in the coming days to torpedo the prime minister’s plan.

“This is a brazen attempt, of truly historical magnitude, to prevent the executive being held accountable for its conduct before parliament,” said Miller,

“Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller has as filed an urgent application for a legal challenge to stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s “cynical and cowardly” plan to prorogue parliament.

“Whilst prorogation is an acceptable UK constitutional practice, no prime minister in modern history has attempted to use it in such a brazen manner,” Ms Miller wrote on a fundraising website set up fund the urgent application to the high court for a judicial review.

Ms Miller, … said the decision to suspend parliament a few weeks before the Brexit deadline was a “dark day for democracy”.

Opponents say it stop MPs from playing a full part in the Brexit process as the time they will have to pass laws to stop the UK leaving without a deal on 31 October would be cut.

I could add that if MPs fail to get a debate then the UK is heading for 1984.

Lets hope that Gina Miller gets to take her Action to the Supreme Court again and achieve the Rightful Publicity.

And that Bercow can resurrect good precedents.

, Mr Johnson has set our country .. break with the EU which will .. leave the UK – should it survive in its current form – hopelessly divided for many years to come.

Filed under: Brexit, Europe, Good Friday Agreement, Johnson, Westminster — derryvickers @ 10:35 am

From Today’s Scotsman Editorial
And the Scotsman is well in the centre of politics

Supporters may try to spin this otherwise, they may try to say that a Queen’s Speech is overdue and that Mr Johnson is merely exercising his right to set out the agenda of his government, but it is abundantly clear that, having committed himself to delivering Brexit on October 31, he is willing to play dirty in order to keep his promise.

His actions have, of course, generated considerable outrage among those who believe – as The Scotsman does – that Brexit is a mistake and that the No Deal variety merely compounds that. There is talk now of whether Mr Johnson might be brought down, about whether parliament – or a version of it – could sit, elsewhere, during the proposed period of prorogation.

But, regardless of whether pro-Remain MPs are able to formulate a workable plan or not, yesterday’s announcement has implications that rage far beyond the matter of Brexit.

Nicola Sturgeon yesterday accused Mr Johnson of “acting like some kind of tin pot dictator”. The First Minister may have employed some typical political hyperbole in that assessment but she got to a truth at the heart of our national debate. That truth is that convention can be damned.

Without a written constitution, the way in which our politics is run has been decided over centuries of statute and consensus. We can now safely assume that the rules of engagement that have sustained our politics for so long no longer apply.

Rather than treating the House of Commons as sovereign, the Prime Minister now seems to regard it as nothing more than an inconvenience. For all of his talk of democracy, he now treats with contempt the right of MPs to represent their constituents.

When Mr Johnson decided, more than three years ago, to throw in his lot with the Leave campaign, he did so not because of a great passion for Brexit but because he judged that such a course would be most likely to enhance his career prospects. His motivation was neither sovereignty nor “taking back control” but the advancement of Boris Johnson.

If nothing else, the fact that he is now Prime Minister proves that Mr Johnson’s decision was the right one for Mr Johnson.

But is this really the premiership of which he dreamed? For a man who fancies himself something of a modern day Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister is behaving in the most unstatesmanlike manner in order to save his own skin. With Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage cranking up the No Deal rhetoric, Mr Johnson has set our country on course for a painful break with the EU which will, we fear, leave the UK – should it survive in its current form – hopelessly divided for many years to come.

August 28, 2019

Johnson – our new Dictator

Filed under: Brexit, Europe, Johnson, USA, Westminster — derryvickers @ 5:34 pm

UK Democracy died Today. Johnson is our new dictator; just as Trump is in the US

One can only hope that, like Charles 1, he loses his head

From the Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/28/boris-johnson-election-prorogue-parliament-populist-majority

The real secret of populists, from Donald Trump to Matteo Salvini to Johnson, is the conflation of transgression with truthfulness. The willingness to engage in bigotry and violate hard-won social norms against racist, homophobic or misogynistic language convinces people that these politicians “speak their mind” and “say what they think”. Paradoxically, their lack of virtue confirms their veracity.’

Oddly while Salvini wants to remain in the EU and change it, Johnson wants to leave; perhaps to Dictate on his own.

August 14, 2019

The Westminster Government well passed it’s Sell By Date

Just read

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/14/uk-could-unilaterally-exit-eu-in-next-10-days-senior-tory-mp-says

And you will gather that the Westminster Government along wit is MPs and just wallowing in the mud.

It could be that there is no formal constitution so no firm ground or may be its just that the current crop of MPs are not just up to it.

Scotland needs to brake away so if MPs are considering unilateral leaving the EU, Scotland must consider unilaterally leaving the UK.

OK no Barnett Formula but even if formal agreement there is unlikely to be any equivalent.

Time for home brew Referendum and if Yes then Scotland should declare UDI.  Little Westminster could do – it hasn’t even the resources to send a gunboat up the Forth.

August 12, 2019

And this is British Democracy

Filed under: Brexit, Europe, Politics, Westminster — derryvickers @ 7:15 pm

Now in tatters and must be replaced.

I fear the Tories won’t do so

Not sure that Corbyn has the brains either:

The Guessing Tree

Surely this is phantasy?

July 25, 2019

Cabinet of Horrors

Filed under: Johnson, Politics, UK Parliament, Westminster — derryvickers @ 10:10 pm

Are you sitting comfortably?

Here is your cabinet. Nothing cosy kitchen about it.

Hand picked by our PM and who would trust him to help us rather than help himself.

One can only hope they turn in on themselves rather than us.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/25/snakes-stupidity-sycophants-horror-johnson-cabinet

Cabinet of Horrors

Chamber of Horrors

Boris: Remember Versailles

Filed under: Brexit, Johnson, Scotland, Westminster — derryvickers @ 6:23 am

Johnson will brook no criticism

The critics sent to the Back Benches.  They will group and take revenge

The Guardian says it all

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jul/24/philip-hammond-quits-johnson-fully-aligned-chancellor-gauke-stewart

 

July 22, 2019

Welcome The Lord High Executioner

Filed under: Europe, In Our Time, Johnson, Westminster — derryvickers @ 9:19 am

how Boris Johnson, barring a serious upset, is about to become prime minister, first lord of the Treasury, and generally in charge of everything.

Welcome The Lord High Executioner.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/22/boris-johnson-prime-minister-blame-standup-journalists

July 3, 2019

Bexiteers at the EU Parliament – Despicable

Filed under: Brexit, European Parliament, Scotland, Westminster — derryvickers @ 8:42 pm

I find the Brexiteers’ action at the European Parliament despicable; they by implication bring loathing on the UK as a whole and Scotland in particular.

I compare Sein Fein with this lot; Sein Fein are honourable in comparison, they refuse to take their seats in Westminster on policy grounds.

But this lot take their seats,  claim their salary and yet are totally against Europe.

Why doesn’t the Scottish Government formally disown these Brexiteers’ action?

Fiona Hyslop as Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs at the Scottish Parliament should issue a formal statement that Scotland repudiates the Brexiteers’ action

The Brexiteers at the Opening of the European Parliament

?

June 6, 2019

The Only Man in any Semblance of Conrol in Westminster

Filed under: Bercow, Brexit, Europe, Westminster — derryvickers @ 5:32 pm

John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, has said it is “blindingly obvious” that the new Conservative prime minister will not be able to suspend parliament to push through a no-deal Brexit.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/06/next-tory-pm-will-not-be-able-to-suspend-parliament-bercow

 

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