“While the whole country is still compulsively debating whether, when, & how often its Prime Minister has lied and cheated…this government is hammering away at the very foundations of what Britain once stood for more than any other country: liberal democracy.” @annettedittert
We have had far too little focused debate on the detail of draconian legislation put forward by govt, ramming it through Parliament with a huge majority & little scrutiny. Protest rights, citizenship, electoral ID, refugees & aconstant chipping away at the separation of powers.
The comparisons with Jarosław Kaczyński’s Law and Justice Party (PiS) party in Poland, which won an absolute majority in 2015, and its subsequent “assault on the two pillars of any democracy – the judiciary & media” - are important. We assume it can’t happen in our democracy.
Worth seeing @annettedittert’s article in the current rule of law & democracy context that Dominic Grieve QC, former AG, discusses in @BylineTimes.

There is a raft of draconian legislation being proposed, with a drumroll against any institution that might hold govt accountable.
Here is the @BylineTimes piece with Dominic Grieve QC.


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Dominic Raab’s long campaign against the Human Rights Act takes shape in a cynical attempt to water down rights protections, including for some of the most vulnerable in our society, under the nationalist guise of reframing arguments about what is ‘quintessentially British’. A 🧵
2. Although i need to read the details of the proposals, there are multiple alarm bells in this piece by a sitting Justice Secretary. It is hard to square any ‘common sense’ justification with the severe & regressive bills on rights before Parliament.
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- violate the spirit & letter of our international legal obligations to asylum seekers
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Following Geoffrey Nice QC as he delivers the judgment of the @TribunalUyghur on #Xinjiang.

Delivery Of Uyghur Tribunal Judgment (ENGLISH)
It is chilling, difficult and powerful to listen to this judgment.

I am not live tweeting because I want to listen to every word. The summary judgment will be available shortly on the homepage: uyghurtribunal.com. #Xinjiang
A very significant finding however: PRC has implemented a deliberate, systematic & concerted policy of long-term reduction of Uyghur & other ethnic minority populations by limiting birth rates. #UyghurTribunal
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Not only is govt introducing this fiercely anti-democratic law, it is doing it on the sly - forcing through alarming amendments in the Lords so only v committed peers will sit until the early hours to challenge them.

This is not how confident, healthy democracy should function.
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We’re cheering you on @EmmaRaducanu!
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So blown away by this powerful play and poise @EmmaRaducanu!

Exciting times for her, for us and for tennis ahead! 🎈🎈🎈
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