Judgment of the Court of Appeal in the women’s pensions #backto60 case, unanimously dismissing the appeal. Court ruled there was 1. no age discrimination, 2. sufficient notice to those affected by changes by DWP, 3. too long a delay in seeking judicial review
No age or sex discrimination, I should have said. The ruling will be a bitter disappointment to campaigners and crowdfunding supporters of the appeal
A disappointment exacerbated by the way in which expectations of the outcome (that the legal arguments would prevail, and that individual women would receive financial restitution) were raised by the campaigners, hand in hand with crowdfunding which lacked transparency
And an inevitable consequence of the way in which expectations were raised and have been disappointed is to undermine supporters' confidence in the legal system and the integrity of judges
Even today, the #backto60 campaign’s leader refers to “full restitution” for the women affected, but today’s judgment makes it clear that they asked the court only for a declaration of unlawfulness, not restitution

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A short thread to highlight & add to @AdamWagner1 article on the US alt-right's narrative of justice in the UK, as seen through recent high-profile cases which have attracted worldwide attention 1/
It isn't limited either to the US or to a monolithic 'alt-right' as responses to the two English infants' end-of-life best interests decisions (Charlie Gard & Alfie Evans) in the last year have showed 2/
Some in the USA have used these decisions as a sounding board for opposition to state-funded universal healthcare ("single payer", "death panels") even though it was not a factor in the decision in either case 3/
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