The PM's approach to the current crisis is exactly the same as Frost's approach to the NI Protocol. All their lives these people have climbed the ladder through bullying rather than merit. This is so often how the British establishment works. 1/4
People keep their heads down and let the bullies rise. They then have to cow-tow to them to move further up the ladder themselves. Very few speak out and when someone does, the others do not support them - they keep their heads down. 2/4
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
@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.
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.
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/
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:
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)
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.
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
The State has three arms: the executive (government), legislature (Parliament) and judiciary (Courts) Only if all three can function effectively do we have democracy. 1/8
The State has three arms: the executive (government), legislature (Parliament) and judiciary (Courts) Only if all three can function effectively do we have democracy. 1/10
@TheIndGroup@LibDems A couple of thoughts on 'splitting the vote'. Each candidate fighting has a budget, a voice and access to media etc. The more remain candidates therefore, potentially the greater is remain's reach. and louder its voice 1/4
Brexit has 3-4 parties and therefore around 300 MEP candidates. This gives that argument a very large budget and loud voice.
Remain has: Greens, Libdems, SNP, Plaid and ChangeUK. That enables it to spend & spread the word more powerfully than if there was a single grouping. 2/4
We know that immigration was a driver of the vote to leave, whether due to perception, actual experience or lies, e.g. re-Turkey. The public is now however, waking up in ever increasing numbers (74% now in favour) to the fact that what was really at issue was free movement. 2/
@AndrewMarr9@MarrShow - you will recall about a year ago mentioning a letter I wrote to the PM asking her to disclose the advice she had received that Article 50 was unilaterally revocable. She refused to do so and paid 5 QCs to try and stop the ECJ ruling on the point. Why?
Please ask her why she would prefer to risk people's lives, stockpile food, send 1000 police to Northern Ireland, spend millions on fridges rather than revoke Article 50? Please ask her how badly no deal compares with remaining in the EU?
Note that the Electoral Commission only opened its investigation into 'Better for the Country'- Arron Banks' outfit - after @GoodLawProject issued judicial review proceedings against it concerning decision to close its investigation into Vote Leave on 24 October 17 1/
Rightwing thinktanks unveil radical plan for US-UK Brexit trade deal theguardian.com/politics/2018/…
Paper by amongst other @DanielJHannan for Cato Institute (see TPA, IEA etc - same bods). The essential hypothesis is that if you can't get achieve a reciprocal dropping of trade barriers, it's still better to drop them unilaterally even if this costs jobs in your country.
'Clinical delusion' by you I'm afraid. Plus this is not an 'idea'' - it is a finding by the Electoral Commission to a criminal standard of proof. Campaigns are subject to spending limits, which Vote Leave & Leave.EU illegally exceeded.
The EU knows that no deal is and has never been a credible negotiating threat. No deal was dead from day 1. Why then is HMG releasing papers and talking about it? It is not to improve 'our negotiating hand' - it does no such thing.
My hunch is it's simply to shift the focus; our focus. We spend time showing what a catastrophe it would be, HMG then secures a deal & can say it has averted that catastrophe. HMG arises victorious when no deal was never going to happen & the deal secured is in fact no good.
And there is so much misinformation about propagated by ardent Brexiters. For example, the US does not trade with the EU on WTO terms only; we have 35 bilateral trade agreements. Read this: instituteforgovernment.org.uk/explainers/bil…
* HMG assesses the risk of no deal as a fall of 16% in UK GDP.
HMG initially said that it would ratify the Withdrawal Agreement after it had laid it before Parliament in accordance with s. 20 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010. This allowed limited control/scrutiny & was inappropriate considering the implications of the WA
Following pressure, including in pre-action correspondence in a case brought by @BestForBritain@TechForUK@OFOCBrexit HMG amended the Withdrawal Bill to provide for an Act of Parliament prior to ratification in s. 13(1)(d).
Brush up on your history @BorisJohnson@DanielJHannan
1778 Voltaire & Franklin met in Paris. Lafayette fought alongside George Washington.
1792 Washington became citizen of France & appointed Charles L'Enfant to plan the new city of Washington.
Take the time to watch the whole speech @BorisJohnson .
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream...