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Director @GoodLawProject. Barrister. Hon Professor @DurhamLawSchool. Live your values. Fight the power. Keep the receipts. He/him.
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Jul 7 7 tweets 2 min read
Quite a lot to swallow, this affected sadness for the harm being done to our constitution, from MPs who defended the suspension of Parliament. Tempting for Tory MPs, I know, to call the crisis in the Conservative Party a constitutional crisis. But the Conservative Party's interests are not those of the constitution. On recent evidence, the Conservative Party's interests are inimical to those of the constitution.
Jul 6 5 tweets 2 min read
What's notable about this clip - in which Johnson finally admits meeting Lebedev without officials - is that it seems to dawn on him, perhaps for the very first time, that lying can have consequences so he should perhaps tell the truth. I mean, Johnson's lying is pathological. The man is a moral vacuum. That's not noteworthy. What is noteworthy is that it has taken until now, after decades of him poisoning public life, for the media and political class to take a sustained interest in exposing his character.
Jun 23 5 tweets 1 min read
There's a rather ugly feedback loop happening here. 🧵theguardian.com/law/2022/jun/2… Bullying of judges - and threats to judicial review - cause them to retrench to protect the rule of law ('Claimants are going to lose a lot of cases' as one high profile judge put it privately).
Jun 22 6 tweets 2 min read
This may not be fascism, but it opens the door to it. They will start with refugees, the most desperate people on earth, and who will they come for next? theguardian.com/law/2022/jun/2… This is what, in his politer way, Philippe Sands is saying when he talks about "universalism" and looks back to fascism's most remembered, by the West, evocation.
Jun 21 8 tweets 2 min read
This will actually be quite difficult to do. 🧵 theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/j… The rule which makes it a criminal offence for an agency to supply workers to replace striking workers is only in secondary legislation (the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003). So you wouldn't need a full Act of Parliament to overturn it.
Jun 15 5 tweets 1 min read
Who should Boris Johnson appoint as his next ethics advisor? World Cup of ethics advisors, Group Two.
Jun 11 4 tweets 1 min read
The Monarchy is in an impossible bind. A Head of State, but only titular. Whose constitutional raison d'etre is to bless the policy of the Government of the day, however foul. And lacking any outlet for its politics. It's not a personal criticism of any of its members to say I don't know what we get from their constitutional role. And nor do I know what they get from it. If Charles is struggling with that bind, which is hardly of his choosing, that's no criticism of him.
Jun 9 4 tweets 2 min read
Read @MartinBarrow's appalling thread about how farming vulnerable children for profit, including by Tory donors, has become big business under the Tories... ... and then read @NoelTitheradge's horrifying story about what 'care' looks like for children in one of the most profitable care homes (rated Outstanding or Good by Ofsted). bbc.com/news/uk-617095…
Jun 5 4 tweets 2 min read
Footage of this tragic incident is doing the rounds on Twitter. There are proper questions about why he was repeatedly tasered. And it's not easy to shake off the suspicion it was because the colour of his skin was black. independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-n… I'd ask those of my followers who aren't black to ask some questions about incidents they see on social media. Does the police response suggest an assumption that a man who is black is likely to be violent? Can you imagine them responding in the same way to a man who is white?
May 26 6 tweets 3 min read
Pestfix, the tiny pest control company that won £350m of PPE contracts through the sleazy and illegal VIP lane, is having quite a year: £114m of gross profits. £72m of these £113m of "administrative expenses" are a provision they made to pay DHSC for selling faulty PPE. But what was the other £41m of so-called "administrative expenses"???
May 24 5 tweets 1 min read
We are so excited - and so grateful for your help - to be launching Good Law Practice, our own regulated law firm, headed by Jamie Potter, currently joint Head of Bindmans’ Public Law and Human Rights team. glplive.org/GLPractice We are also launching a recruitment exercise for lawyers and paralegals. We’re particularly keen to hear from those with expertise in and/or a passion for housing, civil rights and protest law.
May 17 4 tweets 3 min read
Has anyone else noticed the explosion in anti-NHS pieces in the right-wing press?

They Tories are coming for it, aren't they?

The Sun. The Telegraph and Spectator.
May 11 4 tweets 1 min read
Dominic Cummings confirming that money that went out to friends of the Government during the pandemic was a corrupt payment. "joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance"
May 8 14 tweets 3 min read
Is there a copy of this memo that has the full event *before* "Dinner in Miners Hall" rather than the torn bit the Mail has published? Here's what the law was at the time: subject to exceptions you couldn't "participate in a gathering" of more than two people indoors...
May 7 4 tweets 2 min read
Here's Paul Joseph Watson calling for Jews to be wiped off the face of the earth (bylinetimes.com/2022/05/06/wip…) and here's @TheSpectator calling Paul Joseph Watson "eminently reasonable, well thought through, logical and compelling" (spectator.co.uk/article/ukip-s…). (Just in case you still doubted what a deeply malign influence the Spectator exerts.)
May 6 4 tweets 2 min read
Here's what @AdamWagner1 had to say about Starmer and the Durham dinner and his logic - that having dinner in a constituency office with colleagues with whom one is working is "reasonably necessary" for work - appears to me to be right. I set out in this thread why I thought it would have been wrong of the Met to publicise Johnson's partygate fines during the local elections - and the same reasoning applies to Starmer. So the decision to delay publication until now seems to me right.
May 3 6 tweets 3 min read
Devastating to wake up to the draft majority Opinion on Roe v Wade. Access to an abortion, like all healthcare, is (usually) more about how rich you are than what the law allows so I grieve especially for those women without money and influence who will suffer most. You're going to read a lot of bad takes about whether it could happen in the UK. We will (I think clearly) in years ahead see a huge push for more restrictive abortion laws. Supporters of that change will have (we can say with confidence) substantial financial and media support.
May 1 5 tweets 3 min read
The BBC, now flushing what remains of its journalistic standards down the toilet, by carrying this story sourced from one (1) unnamed Tory. Because the BBC has acquired the ugly habit of putting up a bad story, and then 'improving' it later when people complain, here it is as it presently stands. One unnamed Tory source - and still they carry it.
Apr 29 4 tweets 2 min read
Despite (1) the harm done by private communications channels to national security, governance of public money, transparency and accountability and (2) evidence of their widespread use Government has successfully argued their use cannot be controlled by law. We will be appealing. Back in the day, the Independent Office for Police Conduct said it was concerned that evidence may have been destroyed, saving Boris Johnson from criminal prosecution in connection with his relationship with Jennifer Arcuri. So this is very troubling indeed. Image
Apr 22 11 tweets 3 min read
Lots of people are asking me what I think about the Met's decision not to issue any more Partygate publicity during the period before the local elections. 🧵 I'm not aware of any specific legislation addressing with how the police should apply 'purdah' rules - or 'period of heightened sensitivity' as local authorities call it. The NPCC has issued guidance - but it does not have force of law. npcc.police.uk/documents/Elec…
Apr 20 4 tweets 1 min read
Innocent people want investigations so they get cleared. Guilty people want to block them. Imagine being a Tory MP. Boris tells you again and again he didn't commit a criminal offence. That turns out to be false. So now he tells you he misled you innocently. And asks you to believe him this time round and block an investigation. It's just so humiliating.