Patterson is the personification of a Brextremist approach to the world. Whatever the harm to the greater good, the most important thing is one’s own feelings. All will be sacrificed at the altar of self. 1/4
By all means amend a process but not in the middle of it - ie because you dislike the result. Bodes ill for Raab’s threat to overturn Court judgments when HMG dislikes them. 2/4
When was the last finding against an MP by the standards committee? What happened then? 3/4
And finally, remind me when it was that Johnson’s head of standards resigned? Patel? And who Johnson replaced him with? This is part of a pattern. 4/4

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17 Oct
@DominicRaab is generating another false narrative; that ‘foreign judges’ in Strasbourg rule over us - they don’t. Parliament decided how influential ECHR judgments should be and in the Human Rights Act provided that they should be persuasive but not binding.
The reason Parliament did that was so people under UK authority and control (jurisdiction) could get their rights upheld by British judges and NOT have to go to Strasbourg.
The problem with rowing back on that and limiting the rights of people under UK authority and control is that they will simply go to Strasbourg and the UK will be found in breach of international law without our courts having had a chance to rule on (and explain) the issue.
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Alexa, define impartiality.

Gibb is a Brextremist and a devoted Tory. He was at least in part responsible as BBC head of politics for securing Brexit. Without exception his criticisms of BBC journalists for not being impartial have been when he disagreed with views expressed.
He is also likely to be conflicted:…

The question that has to be asked is whether his interests are best served by the destruction of the BBC?
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Why did the Government refuse the offer from the European Commission to extend transition up to two years to deal with pandemic and enable sufficient time for companies and hauliers to adapt? 1/
Why did it reach a deal only days before it came into effect allowing no time for business adaptation? 2/
There is only one answer -the plan was always to take the Agreement to the wire to prevent it being scrutinised in Parliament and by experts. They always knew that any Brexit ‘deal’ with their reclines would be harmful. To get it through, Parliament had to have no real choice 3/
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Much atttention has been paid to the fact that the Internal Market Bill puts the UK in breach of international law. It also however, raises extremely serious questions of domestic law with far reaching implications outside of this specific legislative context.#internalmarketsbill
Clauses 42, 43 and 45(2) allow Ministers to adopt regulations in respect of controls on NI-GB imports & state aid, allowing Ministers to disapply any domestic law or remedy. The far reaching nature of these enabling clauses is extraordinary. Let us consider some hypotheticals:
State aid contingent on support for a particular political party; the exclusion of the bribery act; the imposition of a nationality requirement in relation to imports; the imposition of a discriminatory charge; the exclusion of FOI, individual tax benefits; secret guidance etc.
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This is a fascinating read (albeit a university essay in structure and style) - much of it written by Cummings no doubt. If only we knew nothing of its authors, it might fill one with hope. That said, the saving souls bit is a step too far (& the’people’s govt ‘, Soviet sinister) ImageImage
Because of what we know about recent government spending: shipping company with no ships, pesticide company supplying masks, dodgy non-existent contract for masks from Turkey, contract for failed app, purchase of dodgy satellite company etc etc etc, this does not bode well. ImageImageImage
And this is Cummings 2014. ImageImageImage
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Benn Act avoidance thread: Cummings to @lewis_goodall said: "we will see what the law is on 19 October". Andrew Mitchell this morning on @mattfrei said PM should use any legislative or Parliamentary mechanism to get no deal through. But no one will say what they are planning. 1/8
Four mechanisms raised so far: 1. Major said PM might make an Order of Council to postpone the coming into force of the Benn Act so as to render it nugatory 2. Grieve suggested they may be whipping up unrest in order to declare state of emergency under Civil Contingencies Act 2/8
3. others have suggested two letters may be sent - one requesting an extension and another retracting the request. 4. Finally, a head of state (Orban/Salvini) may be persuaded to refuse an extension; unanimity being required for it to be granted. 3/8
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