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Feb 5 5 tweets 2 min read
They think their immigration plans will be blessed by English courts but fear they will be overturned in international courts - and the real question is why. Is it because international courts don't apply the law - or because English courts don't apply the law?
Judicial review success rates have collapsed in England - in all courts including the Supreme Court. This can be seen in the data - and it is attributable to a change in judicial attitudes after years of attacks. Rishi Sunak himself threatened 'recivdivist' judges.
We have a proper rule of law crisis in England. English judges are now much more pro Government. Our rule of law crisis looks different to those in Poland or Hungary or Israel. But it is real just the same.
And they have not just been knocked into shape by any Government. They have become pro a Government that is (as one official put it) "fucking breaking international law like it’s one of our five a day."…
Of course, the judiciary is not a monolith; different judges do different things. But the notion that the change I describe is not real defies data, informed anecdote and alternative explanation.

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Hey, @RishiSunak. Where's your tax return?…
Plausible reasons for the delay: (1) it shows he is very wealthy. But if that were right, why would he have made the promise in the first place?
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In a better world, those women would tell their stories, confident there would be no reprisals. In this world, they are fearful of their abusers, of the management who protect them, and of being blacklisted by the outlets they rely on for their livelihoods.
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Here's the key detail from @Gabriel_Pogrund's amazing story (…) and here's the BBC report (or misreport) of it.
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Some thoughts about Alistair Jack's announcement about the Gender Recognition (Reform) Bill. 🧵…
The starting point is to recognise what the Bill does: it doesn't create new rights for trans men and women. Instead for (1) a small number of people it (2) makes a small number of rights (3) easier to access and (4) slightly expands the class of those who can access them.
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Here is the so-called tender for a data platform for the NHS. I say 'so-called' because a number of features of the tender make it extremely difficult for anyone but Palantir to win it.…
Palantir is extremely controversial and there are very widely held concerns about what giving it a contract to handle NHS data will mean for privacy. Might your personal health data be used for other purposes? We have been asked whether we will challenge the so-called tender.
There may be - we have asked an expert to analyse the tender document - a good legal case that the tender is a stitch up and unlawful. But we face two profound difficulties in bringing a challenge.
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