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I'm never much of an optimist when it comes to court challenges to political decisions. Senior Judges are, by definition, pillars of the establishment, and the more senior they are, the more establishment orientated they are likely to be.

In the absence of clear constitutional or statutory guidelines as to when and why Parliament may be prorogued, most Judges would, I suspect, give the benefit of any doubt to the Government as the body properly authorised to make such decisions.

So this decision by the most senior Scottish Court really ups the ante. It has flat out said the government prorogued Parliament for the purposes of preventing proper democratic scrutiny of its decision making and to enable a no deal Brexit against the wishes of Parliament.

Of course the government will appeal this decision to the Supreme Court in London. No doubt mindful of previous tabloid abuse that judges who upheld challenges to how Brexit is being pursued are traitors, the Supreme Court may be less inclined to challenge the government.

But the battle lines have been drawn. Scotland no longer has confidence in the Government of the UK to act properly and impartially in the interests of all. Johnson is no longer a legitimate Prime Minister of Scotland.

Any normal Prime Minister would already have resigned in disgrace. There is no indication from Downing Street he will do so even if the Supreme Court finds he has acted unlawfully. The law only applies to the little people, apparently...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 11th, 2019 at 06:41:53 PM EST
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Of course the BBC world news leads with migrants crossing the Channel and whether there is life on some distant XO planet

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 11th, 2019 at 07:08:03 PM EST
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I'm going to bet the UK Supreme Court finds the prorogation legal.  The Scots are correct: it is a slimy political maneuver and So What?  That doesn't make it illegal.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Sep 11th, 2019 at 10:40:25 PM EST
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As Oui says, the bigger issue is that he misled the Queen. Again, probably not illegal, but what if One comes out and says One doesn't appreciate being misled?

No doubt Boris will claim she may have misunderstood...
(subtext - she's 93 after all)

I don't think the bedrock of Conservative party will appreciate the Queen being abused in this way.

Indeed, what if One decided to abdicate in consequence?

Any other PM would have resigned in disgrace, but this PM knows no boundaries. Quite like Trump, in that regard.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 11th, 2019 at 10:52:18 PM EST
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I think you overestimate the median degree of the sanity in the Tory Party.

The bedrock of the Conservative Party is also 93, or thereabouts, and certainly no less confused.

Polls suggest they're perfectly happy with any law-breaking as long as they get their mythical Brexit.

 

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Sep 12th, 2019 at 07:36:57 AM EST
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The Tory Party membership, perhaps, but they're still going to have to pick up at least 30% of the vote on top of whatever the Brexit Party can garner, and insulting the Queen is not the way to go if that is your objective...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Sep 12th, 2019 at 09:08:36 AM EST
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